PP/GC/ME/260 Letter from William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the situation in Canada and the United States of America, 15 December 1838
Letter from William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne, Windsor Castle, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: unease about the [De?ager] mission. Clear that permanent tranquillity is not to be expected in Canada whilst the exiles remain upon the frontier and establish their clubs throughout the Union. “We have by no means been able, nor indeed always willing to restrain our subjects from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, and I have always though that this practice of subjects making war, whilst governments were at peace was very inconvenient in itself and should lead to great inconveniences.” Melbourne thinks they should have great regard, and make great allowances, for the situation of the American Government; if possible, they should abstain from any violation of their territory. 15 Dec 1838
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