PP/GC/LE/45 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about a request by the Bishop of London for government subscription to a proposed fund for building metropolitan churches, 25 October 1855
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: in August [1855] Palmerston sent Lewis the accompanying letter [not present] from the Bishop of London. The Bishop requested that the government to subscribe to a proposed fund of 500, 000 pounds for building metropolitan churches. Lewis communicated with Charles Gore on the subject. He asked him to obtain information to enable the government to make a decision upon the Bishop's application. He sends the letter he has recently received from Gore on the question. The rental of the Crown property in the metropolis is about 133,000 pounds a year. He proposed that Gore take one percent on the rental, worth 13,000 pounds, which would be paid by annual grants of 2,000 pounds. "He says truly that this plan would multiply debates, and he prefers 10, 000 pounds to be paid immediately. If Palmerston approves of this course, Lewis has no objection. 25 Oct 1855 Palmerston has noted at the bottom of the letter: "Answered yes by me. P. 1/11/55." 1 Nov 1855
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Charles James Blomfield, Bishop of London
Charles Alexander Gore, First Commissioner of Woods and Forests
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