PP/GC/ME/180 Letter from William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding a letter sent to Queen Victoria on foreign affairs and her thoughts in response, 17 November 1837
Letter from William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the Queen showed Melbourne a letter this morning. it was entirely political and upon the foreign state of affairs and he recommended that the Queen should consult Palmerston upon it. The Queen did not like to send for Palmerston in the present and asked Melbourne to state the principle points contained in the letter. It asked what would be the conduct of England if the King and Queen of Portugal were attacked and forced to leave the country. The letter went on to criticise the conduct of Lord Howard. The letter also discussed the Queen of Spain who was [?disgusted] with her situation and inclined to throw it up which would at once ensure the success of Don Carlos. This feeling on the part of the Queen of Spain was much augmented by her view that the British Government was opposed to her personally, a notion produced by the intimate connection of Villiers with the ultra radical party in that country. The Queen and once saw the proper answer upon all the points: that it was impossible to say how we would act in a case which had not yet arisen. The Queen thought that to withdraw Howard would be playing into the hands of Bois le Conte.<P. 17 Nov 1837
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Death of Elizabeth Sullivan née Temple
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