PP/GC/LE/48 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about a speech made by Sir E.Head, the financial affairs of the government, and the French attitude to the Crimean war, 24 November [1855]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, [second Baronet, Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has requested that Sir E.Ryan and his colleagues be at Palmerston's house in Downing Street on Tuesday at two o'clock. He sends a letter [not present] received from Twisleton. This is in answer to an enquiry by Lewis about Sir Edmund Head's anti-Gallican speech in Canada. "Head is an initimate friend of mine. He is able to express himself with propriety in public, but he has no oratorical pretensions. He is in general very careful and measured in his language, and although nobody is proof against occasional indiscretions in speaking, he is as little likely to commit one as anybody that I know. He has a sister married to a Frenchman, and his feelings are not at all anti-French. I feel sure that there is some explanation, though possibly it may not be altogether satisfactory." Lewis has conferred with the Governor of the Bank [of England] and Spearman about "the ways and means" for next quarter. There is little doubt that the money could be raised under the government's existing powers; they probably would not get it on good terms. He has seen Wilson that day. The French minister of finances told Wilson that France could not continue with the [Crimean] War much longer at the present rate of expenditure. "I cannot help fearing that the French ministers talk in this manner with very little reserve, and that declarations of this sort have by this time been telegraphed to Petersburg. Fould held the same language." 24 November 1855 Palmerston has noted: "Return inclosure. P. 25/11/55." A secretary has noted: "Returned 26/11/55".
Three papers
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Sir E.Ryan, Civil Service Commissioner
Sir Edmund Walker Head, second Baronet, Governor General of Canada
Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton, barrister
Thomas Mattias Weguelin, Governor of the Bank of England
Sir Alexander Young Spearman, first Baronet: acted as broker between Great Britain and Turkey
James Wilson, financial secretary to the Treasury
Bineau, French minister of finance
Petersburg, Russia
Crimean War, 1854-6
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