PP/GC/LE/148 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the type of standard rifles to be issued to the army, and diplomatic relations with America probably in relation to the removal of British emissaries from the `Trent', 9 November 1861
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: on return to his office, Lewis will endeavour to become conversant with the rifle question. He will collect the opinions of official and military men. There is no doubt that Palmerston's plan, of stopping the manufacture of Enfield rifles and producing Whitworth rifles in future, would be inexpensive, and a means of gradual change for the army. The drawback would be the necessity of providing two sorts of cartridges to a scattered army. "I am sorry to say that Lyons seems to me to cut a poor figure in his recent correspondence with Seward. I doubt moreover the construction of the constitution put forward in THE TIMES. The constitution says that the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, except in cases of rebellion or invasion. This is clearly a case of rebellion, and if it had been suspended by a legislative act, no question could have been raised. The doubt is whether the executive have a power of suspension. It seems to me difficult to deny the existence of that power during a recess of Congress. It may be assumed that when Congress meets, a bill of indemnity will be applied for." 9 Nov 1861 [Postscript] Lewis will keep the Prince's letter for the present. 9 Nov 1861
See TIMES 5 November 1861 for `Despatches between Lord Lyons and Mr Seward'.
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Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons, second Baron Lyons, later first Viscount Lyons, British minister to Washington
William H.Seward, Secretary of State, United States of America
Newspapers and the press
Prince Albert, Prince Consort
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