PP/GC/LE/134 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about proposed intervention with developments relating to Italian unification, 1 December 1860
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 doubts about the plan for a guarantee of Austrian territory and its favourable reception by the country, even as the price of the session of Venetia to Italy. "Hitherto we have asserted and maintained the doctrine of non-intervention in the affairs of Italy. It would be said that this was intervention, and that it might lead to intervention by arms on the side of Austria." The whole government will be held responsible for the dispatch to be sent. He trust that the draft will be circulated, so that the members of the cabinet have an opportunity of reading it in the new version 1 Dec 1860 #adate=01/12/1860
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Italy; unification; foreign relations; diplomacy
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