Title:
PP/GC/LE/77 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the appointment of members of the National Gallery Commission, and to the Cambridge University Commission, 7 September [1856]
Date:
07/09/1856
Content:
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Harpton [Court, Radnorshire, Wales], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: as Palmerston anticipated, Lord Nothampton has refused to serve on the National Gallery Commission, on account of the state of his health. Lord Barrington is the only other person Lewis can suggest. "He has no special acquaintance with art, but he is a man of business, and would be capable of presiding over such an enquiry. He cannot be accused of being too favourable to the government, but he would, I think, form a fair judgement on the question." If Lord Barrington is not appointed, Watson Gordon should be made the chairman of the commission. It would be advisable to consult Bouverie before making any decisions with regard to the Cambridge Commission. "I have a great regard for John Lefevre, and should be glad that everything should be done which he wishes, but I should have thought his son was too young and too little known for such a post. Conybeare, who wrote the article in the EDINBURGH REVIEW is an applicant, and his claims ought, I think, to be considered. He is a man of very decided ability, and has given up a large living on account of an extinction de voix. I know that John Lefevre wishes to be made a KCB or something of the sort, and I think that his gratuitous services fairly entitle him to some honour." 7 Sep [1856] [Postscript] The Oxford Commission had two secretaries; the young Lefevre might do for the second. 7 Sep [1856]
Extent:
Two papers
License:
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Subject:
Charles Douglas-Compton, fourth Marquis of Northampton, trustee of the National Gallery
William Keppel, sixth Viscount Barrington, Member of Parliament for Berkshire, Chairman of the Great Western Railway
Sir James Watson Gordon, portrait painter
Edward Playdell Bouverie, President of the Poor Law Board
Sir John George Lefevre, Clerk of the Parliaments
George John Shaw Lefevre
William John Conybeare, author of `Essays ecclesiastical and social' in EDINBURGH REVIEW (1856)
Honours; awards; Order of the Bath; knighthoods
Newspapers; press
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