PP/GC/LE/16 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, recording a confidential conversation with Gladstone discussing the role of Lord John Russell in foreign affairs and suggestions of personnel for government office, 16 March 1855
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: to prevent misunderstanding, Lewis reports a conversation he had with Gladstone the previous day. "He remarked to me that the recent occurences in some of the colonies seemed to him to render the propriety of the existing state of things with respect to the Colonial Office very questionable. He thought that Lord John's absence might be detrimental to the colonies. He likewise feared that his impatience to return might possibly interfere with the proper management of the negociations at Vienna. He suggested that the head of the Colonial Office should be given to Lord Granville, or one of the ministers without a department, and he remarked that the government could now take this step whereas if Pakington, or some other person, gave notice of a motion, it would be impossible for the government to take it. He assured me that he had not spoken on this subject to anyone. Frequent changes of important offices are undesirable and seem to betoken levity of purpose. If however you should think it desirable to adopt any such measures as that indicated by Gladstone, the slight objection arising from the high stamp duty on the patent can be removed by a Treasury order." 16 Mar 1855
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William Ewart Gladstone, Member of Parliament for Oxford University
Lord John Russell, later first Earl Russell, First Commissioner to the Vienna Congress
Vienna Congress: sought to end the Crimean War by diplomacy
George Granville, fifth Earl Granville, Lord President of the Council
Sir John Somerset Pakington, first Baronet, later first Baron Hampton, Member of Parliament for Droitwich
Crimean War, 1854-6
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