PP/GC/LE/98 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding actions taken with respect to the purchase of a chapel in Rue d'Aguessan, Paris, 11 Aug [1857]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he encloses a statement of action taking regarding the chapel at Paris. "The whole of it was decided in the Treasury without communication with me, and I had no knowledge of the circumstances until the matter was debated. I was not aware that payment had been made out of civil contingencies towards the purchase money." The best course will be for Clarendon to call Lord Cowley's attention to the vote of the House, and to enquire what course he proposes the government should take. "He might be asked whether it will be possible to recover the 2,000 pounds paid or any part of it." 11 Aug [1857] Enclosed is a statement outlining the actions taken with regard to the purchase of a chapel in Paris: [Transcript] [f.3r] "Letter from the Foreign Office dated 16 January 1857 encloses a copy of a despatch from Lord Cowley in which he states that the chapel in the Rue d'Aguessan may be purchased for the sum of 9,000 pounds, that the Americans and Wesleyans are negotiating for the purchase of it and that it would be desirable for Her Majesty's government to secure it if it can be obtained at its proper value. Treasury minute dated 20 January authorises such steps being taken as may appear to Lord Clarendon to be most judicious in the present state of the negotiations with the other parties [f.3v] to secure the chapel in question for a sum not exceeding 9,000 pounds. Letter from the Foreign Office dated 13 March 1857 encloses copy of despatch from Lord Cowley (12 March) in which he states that it will be necessary for the completion of the purchase that he should be empowered to draw for the sum of 2,000 pounds immediately. Treasury minute of 13 March acquaints Lord Clarendon that Lord Cowley should be instructed to draw two bills for 1,000 pounds each on account of the purchase of the chapel and authorizes the Paymaster General to [f.4r] accept them, charging the same to civil contingencies to be repaid out of a vote to be taken in the next session of Parliament." n.d. [1857]
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George William Frederick Villiers, eighth Earl of Clarendon, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Henry Richard Charles Wellesley, first Earl Cowley, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Paris
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