Title:
PP/GC/LE/125 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding possession of the keys to cabinet boxes, 31 January [1861]
Date:
31/01/1861
Content:
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: he has received a written request from Phipps that he and C.Grey may be permitted to have keys of the cabinet boxes. As they are virtually private secretaries to the Queen and Prince Albert, the request seems reasonable. The Under Secretaries of State all have keys, as do twenty five clerks in the Foreign Office, and the Duke of Cambridge. The only Member of Parliament whose private secretary has a key of the cabinet boxes is the Prime Minister, but Disraeli's private secretary was allowed one when he was in office. 31 Jan [1861] The letter has been marked in pencil: "1861: see GC/LE/139A and GC/LE/227".
Extent:
One paper
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Subject:
Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, Keeper of the Privy Purse
General Charles Grey, unofficial Private Secretary to Queen Victoria
Victoria, Queen of England
Prince Albert, Prince Consort
George William Frederick, sixth Duke of Cambridge, General Commanding in Chief
Benjamin Disraeli, later first Earl Beaconsfield, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
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