PP/GC/CA/262 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, with the news that Canning need not go to Berne if the Sonderbund has surrendered to the Diet and the civil war in Switzerland is over, 30 November 1847: contemporary copy
Copy, in the hand of a secretary, of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, Foreign Office, London, to Sir Stratford Canning, [on an extraordinary mission to Berne]: the civil war in Switzerland may be over, if the report in William Hervey's letter is confirmed, and that would mean that there is no point in Canning going on to Switzerland. Canning should not go to Berne unless a message reaches him the following day. Palmerston is writing this letter at eight o'clock in the evening and he has not yet had time to consult with anybody about Hervey's letter as he has just spent two and a half hours listening to Charles Wood talk about "bank and crisis" in the House of Commons.<P> If Canning does not go to Switzerland then the instruction about Neuchatel must be sent on to Peel, [charge d'affaires at Berne]. Palmerston will write to Canning about this and then send instruction about Berlin and Vienna.<P> 30 Nov 1847: contemporary copy
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, on an extraordinary mission to Berne
Lord William Hervey, secretary of the British embassy at Paris
Canton, Diet, Sonderbund
Finance, money banking
Sir Charles Wood, later first Viscount Halifax, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Robert Peel, later Sir Robert Peel, third Baronet, charge d'affaires at the British legation at Switzerland
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