PP/GC/LE/27 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the passage of civil service estimates through Parliament, 30 July [1855]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Lewis never contemplated continuing opposition to Naas' bill beyond the second reading. The proper answer to Fitzgerald's question is that the government will offer no opposition to the remaining stages of the bill; it consists of one clause, to which the House agreed by a decisive majority. No government could with propensity make a present of 70,000 pounds a year to the civil service. It could, however, acquiesce in a vote made after two days discussion. "It will be necessary when the bill is in committee to explain that the gift is absolute and unconditional, and does not entail upon the Treasury the duty of revising the salaries." He does not clearly understand the resolutions of the Chelsea Bridge committee. "The list of names for judges who have accepted seems unexceptionable." 30 Jul [1855] 5
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Robert Southwell Bourke, Lord Naas, later sixth Earl of Mayo: motion in the Civil Service estimates on a grant to defray the expense of non-conforming and Protestant dissenting ministers in Ireland
John David FitzGerald, Solicitor General for Ireland
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