PP/GC/LE/151 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding arrangements for sending troops to Canada, 3 December 1861
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, [London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: arrangements for sending out 30,000 stand of arms by the `Melbourne' togther with a battery of artillery and some officers, are nearly completed. The `Melbourne' will leave on Friday [6 December] at the latest. It will be necessary to make arrangements for sending out four regiments to Canada, together with an artillery force. Lewis proposes engaging a Cunard steamer to send one regiment, and one battery of artillery, the following week. He is willing take ulterior steps for additional reinforcement. Although there can be doubt as to its necessity of the operation, it is of sufficient importance to require the consent of the cabinet. Lewis asks that a cabinet be called for the purpose. "I am likewise inclined to think that it would also be advisable to send out conditional orders for the seizure of Portland, in the event of declaration of war, provided that the force at Halifax, military and naval, should render such a step safe and prudent." He has arranged with the Horse Guards to send out additional staff officers to organize the Canadian militia. 3 Dec 1861
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Portland, Maine
Halifax, Nova Scotia
British colonial defence; Canada; threat of invasion during American Civil War
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