Title:
PP/GC/LE/22 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the distribution of booty acquired during the Crimean War, 4 June [1855]
Date:
04/06/1855
Content:
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London] to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Lewis encloses a memorandum relevant to a vote for booty taken in the Crimean war. He has not been able to obtain an exact estimate. The vote for the prizes captured during the Peninsular War was not moved until June 1815. He assumes that it is therefore not necessary to propose a vote [on the Crimean booty] during the present parliamentary session. 4 Jun [1855] Enclosed is a memorandum, in an unknown hand, "Memorandum respecting prize money": on the 23 June 1815, the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed a grant from the amount of stores captured by the army commanded by the Duke of Wellington, during the whole series of campaigns in the peninsula, to be distributed among the soldiers and their widows and children. "The grant he proposed, 800,000 pounds, was the fruit of twelve general battles and five sieges; and formed also the value of the stores captured on a variety of other occasions, but was not near the actual value of the captures." This grant encompassed the whole period of the Peninsular War. The Chancellor then moved for a grant not larger than 800,00 pounds to be distributed to the soldiers serving in the British army under the command of the Duke of Wellington in Portugal, Spain, and France, between 1809 and 1814 for captured stores and goods. The sum was to be issued and paid without any tax or deduction. General Gascoyne stated in the debate of 23 June 1815 that the value of captured store had long been considered a right. The amount of prize money was calculated at the rate of twenty guineas per captured gun. A royal warrant of 17 July 1815 granted Wellington 800,000 pounds for the army under his command. The War Department and the Ordnance cannot value stores and guns captured at Sebastopol. French stores are found every day; it would take six weeks to estimate stores, etc. which fell to the share of the English army. n.d. c.Jun 1855
Extent:
Two papers
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Subject:
Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet Chancellor of the Exchequer
Crimean War, 1854-6
Nicholas Vansittart, later first Baron Bexley, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Nicholas Vansittart, first Baron Bexley, deceased, formerly Chancellor of the Exchequer
Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, deceased
Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, commander of the British and Portuguese forces in the peninsula; Spain; Portugal; France #Bdate=00/00/1809
Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, commander of the British and Portuguese forces in the peninsula; Spain; Portugal; France
Lieutenant General Isaac Gascoyne, Member of Parliament for Liverpool
Sebastopol, Ukraine, Russia
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