PP/GC/LE/33 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about Post Office communications and the effect of the Crimean War on bullion levels, 12 September [1855]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Harpton [Court, Radnorshire, Wales] to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Lewis has received a summons that morning for a cabinet meeting on that same day. As he is unable to be in London before evening, he has postponed the journey. Currently there is no offer before the government for postal communication between London and Dublin that the Post Office considers advantageous. The Post Office is really trying for an improvement in the accommodation for passengers in the steamers. He has had another letter from the Governor of the Bank [of England]. "He is uneasy on account of the drain of bullion for the use of the War; but it would be vain at this moment to speculate about the probable demands of the military chest in the winter, when the events of the next week or fortnight are likely to define the relative positions of the hostile armies upon a new basis." The price of corn has risen since the amount of the harvest has become known. 12 Sep 1855
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Crimean War, 1854-6
Agriculture; crops; harvest
Thomas Mattias Weguelin, Governor of the Bank of England
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