PP/GC/LE/135 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the report [of a pro-Papal meeting in Ireland], 6 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: Lewis has not read the report of the meeting to which Palmerston's letter referred, and to which Cardwell's answer relates. He does not know, therefore, the precise extent of the sedition committed. "My impression however is, that unless the insolence and provocation are quite intolerable, it is better to remain quiet. There is no doubt that the feelings of the Irish Catholic clergy and the more weakminded and priest-ridden part of the laity are excited by the present state of the Pope and of his temporal power." Under these circumstances it is not desirable for the government to take steps that would indicate sympathy with the assailants of the Pope. Macguire's article is courageous and contains much truth. "Articles in this sense, coming from strong Catholic partizans, are calculated to do more good than prosecutions, which are always double-edged tools." 6 Dec 1860 Enclosed is an article [by Macguire ?] from THE CORK EXAMINER questioning the role of France in the unification of Italian states. 3 Dec 1860
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Edward Cardwell, Chief Secretary for Ireland
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