13 November 2013

Mr. Ley's headache

Many years after Pitt’s death, his friend Lord Sidmouth (Henry Addington) recalled an instance where Pitt was quite noticeably drunk whilst he answered a personal attack against him by a Mr. William Lambton in the House of Commons. Sidmouth, who was the Speaker of the House of Commons on the occasion of this incident, was told the following day by Mr. Ley (Clerk Assistant to the House of Commons), that Pitt’s drunken performance had given him “a violent headache.”
Pitt, on hearing of this, said “I think that is an excellent arrangement - that I should have the wine and the clerk the headache!”
I wonder on how many occasions this was the case? ; )


Pellew, D. ‘Life of Lord Sidmouth.’ Volume 1, pg. 153.

Stanhope, P. ‘Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt’ Volume 3, pp. 134-138.

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