PP/GC/LE/120 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about informing the Queen of government plans for parliamentary reform, 19 December 1859
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for Home Affairs], Home Office, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: as there will be a break of a fortnight or three weeks during which cabinet will not meet, Lewis believes that it would be proper to inform the Queen about the government proposal on parliamentary reform. She may think it disrespectful of her ministers not to brief her on the subject. It also would be better to hear of any objections now rather than at the last moment. If Palmerston agrees, Lewis will draw up a memorandum containing an outline of the proposed alterations, so far as they have been agreed. Palmerston can forward this to the Queen. Alternatively, Lewis could write to the Queen himself. If the plan is not sufficiently developed to be communicated, then this ought to be explained to the Queen. It should be quite safe to inform her of the plan, so far as it has been settled. The wind is fixed in the east, and threatens a long series of yellow fogs. 19 Dec 1859 [Postscript] Lewis has been reading the newly published collection of George Rose's letters and diary. They contain "some curious particulars" about the change of government in 1801. Pitt's letters are not very interesting. 19 Dec 1859
Two papers
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Victoria, Queen of England
George Rose; THE DIARIES AND CORRESPONDENCE OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE GEORGE ROSE edited by Revd Levenson Vernon Harcourt (1860)
William Pitt, former Prime Minister, deceased
WIlliam Pitt, Prime Minister
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