PP/GC/LE/144 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the probability of an attack on Canada by America, 3 September 1861
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], Harpton [Court], Radnor, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: it is not possible to say that the danger of an attack on Canada by the American government is remote or improbable, but Lewis does not expect it to happen. "The Washington government is violent and unscrupulous, but it is not insane, and with the `belligerent' in the South to deal with I can hardly think that they will wish to make an enemy of the principle maritime power in the world." He has written that day to request that Sir G.Wetherall's opinion may be sought on the barrack accommodation in Canada. Sir F.Williams' last report showed that the existing space was not sufficient; he had been forced to hire a building for 200 men. Accommodation cannot be obtained any other way. There is no power of billeting in Canada. One regiment has stayed in huts due to lack of barrack room. "The knowledge that reinforcements can be sent over promptly by the `Great Eastern' must operate upon the Washington government." 3 Sep 1861
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Lieutenant General Sir George Augustus Wetherall, KCB, commander of the northern district of Canada
Major General Sir William Fenwick Williams, with local rank of lieutenant general, commander of the British troops in Canada
American Civil War
British colonial defence; Canada; threat of invasion during American Civil War
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