Title:
PP/GC/LE/41 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about the resignation of General J.Simpson and matters relating to the Crimean War, 5 October [1855]
Date:
05/10/1855
Content:
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Harpton [Court], Radnorshire, [Wales], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has directed the answer to the War Department according to Palmerston's wish. "Arbuthnot fights hard for his own view." He is glad that Simpson's resignation has been accepted. The state of his health rendered him unfit for the command. There is no doubt that Palmerston acted correctly when deciding between Sir Colin Campbell and Codrington. "The newspaper attacks upon Codrington do not convince me that he was really at fault, though it is possible that he may not have preserved his self possession throughout the whole of the attack. Lord John, whom I met in the train on his way to his new purchase near Stroud, told me an anecdote in reference to Codrington, of the Duke of Wellington having for a minute or two lost his head during the storm of Badajoz. We talked over the events of the assault; nothing that he said made me think that he was particularly pacific just now." 5 Oct [1855] [Postscripts] (i) "Bad accounts of the City." (ii) Lewis encloses a letter from Grey [not present], "the writer of the foreign policy articles in the ECONOMIST, and also a writer in the EDINBURGH REVIEW, in answer to some enquiries of mine in reference to the Crimea." Grey has written that the government should not commit the folly of giving the Crimea back to Russia. Lewis asked Grey how the Crimea was to be held and governed, if it was not given up. Grey's answering letter is enclosed [not present]. "It seems to me rather like the last chapter of Napoleon." 5 Oct [1855]
Extent:
Two papers
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Subject:
George Arbuthnot, auditor of the civil list
General James Simpson, later Sir James Simpson, commander of the British forces in the Crimea
Major General Sir Colin Campbell, commander of the Highland brigade and Highland division in the Crimea
Major General Sir William John Codrington, commander of the First Division of the Light Brigade in the Crimea
Newspapers; journals; periodicals
Lord John Russell, later first Earl Russell
Stroud, Gloucestershire
Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, deceased
General Arthur Wellesley, first Earl of Wellington, later first Duke of Wellington; Battle of Badajoz, Spain
Mr Grey, economist
Crimean War, 1854-6
Napoleon Bonaparte, deceased, formerly Emperor of France
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