PP/GC/LE/145 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the redistribution of troops in Canada, 8 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: he has received a memorandum from Sir G.Wetherall, proposing the redistribution of troops in Canada, to provide barrack room for more. It is difficult to judge how practical this plan is without "reference to the colony". The plan has been sent to the Duke of Newcastle with instructions that it be sent on to Palmerston with any remarks. Lewis has received a letter from Sir G.Grey, in which he refers to the announcement in the newspapers, and expressing opposition to the proposal to send more troops to Canada. With so many differences of opinion, the issue needs to be discussed in cabinet before any instructions are issued. Lewis has grave doubts about the measure, but thinks it would do no harm. 8 Sep 1861
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Lieutenant General Sir George Augustus Wetherall, KCB, commander of the northern district of Canada
Sir George Grey, second Baronet, Secretary of State for Home Affairs
Henry Pelham, fifth Duke of Newcastle, Secretary of State for the Colonies
Newspapers and the press
British colonial defence; Canada; threat of invasion during American Civil War
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