Title:
PP/GC/LE/142 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding ordnance matters and the threat of rebellion in Hungary and America, 23 August [1861]
Date:
23/08/1861
Content:
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], Harpton [Court], Radnor, [Radnorshire, Wales], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Lewis encloses a memorandum relating to a letter Palmerston sent to him. He requested that Colonel Jervois communicate with Palmerston about the inspection of Dover works. He hopes that Jervois has done this. "I do not like the look of things in Hungary. I am more afraid of mischief from that quarter than from America. If the Hungarians rebel, Louis Napoleon will be sorely tempted to help them, and if he puts into the pool, all Europe will be in combustion." The Portugal laurels in Lewis's shrubbery were damaged by the cold. This is the first time this shrub has shown the effects of frost. The ilexes also were nearly killed. 23 Aug 1861 Enclosed is a memorandum from Major General A[lexander] T.Tulloh, Director of Ordnance, to Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [Secretary of State for Home Affairs]: the mortar mentioned in the enclosed letter from Mr Bruce [not present] were in the Tower [of London]. They are not serviceable, being obsolete and inferior to those in use. "Mr Bruce has proposed that a trial should be made of `Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol' as it is well known that it will carry a shot 18 miles." 21 Aug 1861
Extent:
Two papers
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Subject:
Lieutenant Colonel William Francis Drummond Jervois of the Royal Engineers
Louis Napoleon III, Emperor of the French
Colonel Alexander T.Tulloh, with the rank of Major General, Director of the Ordnance
Mr Bruce
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