PP/GC/LE/112 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding progress of the proposed government of India bill, 8 April 1858
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, Harpton [Court], Radnor, [Radnorshire, Wales], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "I have a letter today from Lord John in which he says that he has heard from Milner Gibson that he has reason to believe that the government would suspend their bill in order to allow his resolutions to be discussed [f.1v] and he seems inclined to take the course to which this communication points, viz., I conclude to give notice of his resolutions on the reassembling of Parliament. This account of Milner Gibson's message implies that his resolutions have been communicated not only to Gibson [f.2r] himself, but to the government. If the government were to consent to this course, they must withdraw their own bill, which is founded upon principles wholly different from Lord John's resolutions. As far as we are concerned, I see no objection to this course, which would commit Lord John to a direct [f.2v] opposition to the government plan, except the delay which it would occasion. His resolutions would have to be debated one by one, numerous amendments would be moved; and after all, a bill must be brought in, embodying the plan in clauses, upon which the same process would have to be gone through. I doubt, therefore, [f.3r] whether the government would desire to see this course adopted as it would lengthen the discussions. It might perhaps break their fall a little but if they have to give up their bill (which I consider now quite certain), the mode of giving it up is not very material. [f.3v] They must be prepared to eat a large quantity of dirt. I have told Lord John that I, individually, cannot support his resolution for electing a part of the Council. I have no great objection to the [f.4] rest of his plan. Labouchere and Lord Lansdowne would, I presume, support his plan for elective members. If this course should be pursued the bill, which we proposed * which * with some modifications in the constitution and character of the [f.4v] Council would in part be carried. The two points about which we were most solicitous, viz., the abolition of the Company, and the transfer of the patronage, seem already virtually * sorted * \ decided. / Public opinion has settled down on these two cardinal questions." 8 Apr 1858
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Thomas Milner Gibson, Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne
Lord John Russell, later first Earl Russell, Member of Parliament for London
Henry Labouchere, Member of Parliament for Taunton
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, third Earl Lansdowne
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