PP/GC/LE/141 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding his proposed transfer to the War Department, 11 July 1861
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for Home Affairs], Kent House, [Knightsbridge, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: rumours of Lewis's move to the War Department have been circulating over the last few days; several persons have told him that not all opinions are favourable. "It is, I am told, generally thought that I am unsuited for the office, and am not likely to perform its duties with success. Now if my appointment is to be ill received by the public, and will fail to inspire confidence, it seems to me that the only argument for the arrangement fails, for I shall be called upon to make a considerable personal sacrifice for carrying into effect a change which after all will not succeed in giving strength to the government, and may perhaps bring discredit upon it. It is plain, moreover, from the Queen's expressed wish that my tenure of the office should be only provisional, and that I should hold it only until C.Wood should be able to take it, that there is no goodwill towards the appointment in that quarter." Lewis asks Palmerston to reconsider the matter before taking a final step and to opinions he has heard are true. If the opinions are true, the announcement of Lewis's appointment will not reflect favourably on the government. 11 Jul 1861
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Sir Charles Wood, Secretary of State for India
Victoria, Queen of England
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