PP/GC/LE/80 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the appointment of a new chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue, and the state of the money market, 19 October [1856]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Harpton [Court, Radnorshire, Wales], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Fagan, the Member of Parliament for Cork, has written offering himself as a candidate for a seat at the Board of the Inland Revenue. He does not mention the chairmanship; Lewis assumes he does not aim higher than a junior commissionership. He asks that his application not be disclosed if it is unsuccessful. Lewis has told Fagan that he will communicate with Palmerston on the subject. "I feel a difficulty as to the mode of proceeding for ascertaining Wilson's views. I fear that if I were to put the question to him directly, it would be equivalent to an offer, and almost to a request to take the office. If he asks for it, it will probably be advisable to comply with his request, but I don't know that we need to take the initiative. Perhaps Hayter will have some conversation with him on the subject." There are better accounts of the money market that day. Things seem rather better than worse. "I hope we are in no danger of a discredit and a general fright. There is no real ground of alarm." 19 Oct [1856] [Postscript] Lewis asks for directions regarding the National Gallery Commission.
Two papers
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William Fagan, Member of Parliament for Cork
James Wilson, financial secretary to the Treasury
William Hayter, parliamentary secretary to the Treasury
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