PP/GC/LE/160 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the publication of War Office despatches from the Crimean War period, 27 October 1862
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: a short time ago, Kinglake sent Lewis printed copies of War Office despatches. These contained instructions to Lord Raglan on the invasion of the Crimea and related to other matters regarding the Crimean War. Kinglake enquired whether there was any objection on public grounds to their publication. "My answer was that they related to the policy of the Aberdeen government (of which I was not a member) in conducting the Crimean War, that they had no reference to the present business of the War Office, and that I was unable to express any opinion on the propriety or impropriety of their publication." Lewis referred Kingslake to Palmerston or the Duke of Newcastle as being competent to decide this question. Lewis has since received another letter, in which Kingslake states the he acknowledges no authority except that of the War Secretary. If Lewis has no objection, the book, containing the despatches, will be printed on 5 November. There is no time to be lost if an objection is to be made. Lewis will take any course prescribed by Palmerston. He is unable to say whether the publication will have any direct bearing on the present business of the department, "scarcely more than Lord Bathurst's despatches to the Duke of Wellington during the Pennisular War would have". 27 Oct 1862
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Despatches for use by Alexander William Kinglake in his publication: THE INVASION OF THE CRIMEA (1863)
Field Marshal Lord Fitzroy Somerset, first Baron Raglan, Commander in Chief of the forces in the Crimea, deceased
Crimean War 1854-6
George Gordon, fourth Earl of Aberdeen, former Prime Minister, deceased
Henry Pelham Pelham-Clinton, fifth Duke of Newcastle, Secretary of State for the Colonies, former Secretary of State for War
Henry Bathurst, third Earl Bathurst, deceased
Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, deceased
Henry Bathurst, third Earl Bathurst, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies: despatches to Arthur Wellesley, first Marquis of Wellington and later first Duke of Wellington, commander in chief of the British and Portuguese forces in the peninsula #Bdate=00/00/1812
Pennisular War, 1808-14
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