PP/GC/PO/122 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, announcing the election of Prince Leopold as King of the Belgians, 4 June 1831
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, [British Joint Commissioner of the London Conference to the provisional government of Belgium], Brussels, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "Mr White is desirous to be the bearer of the news of the election of Prince Leopold, and I am happy to be able to gratify him. He has, as you know, voluntarily performed services for the gover[nmen]t, in his journey to Maestricht and to Antwerp, what Mr Abercrombie, a mere civilian, could not have performed with anything like the same effect. He has also, from his intimate acquaintance with almost every political man here, been able to give the greatest assistance to all my plans and operations, and he has shewn excellent judgement and unwearied assiduity in supporting the cause you have at heart. No man can more fully inform you of the state of opinion here, and I have, in order to enable him the better to satisfy [f.1v] you, if you interrogate him, communicated to him the grounds upon which I have acted and nearly the whole of my views of the future with regard to my conduct and expectations of consequences and results." 4 Jun 1831 The letter is marked: "Private". Enclosed are: (i) a contemporary copy, in the hand of a secretary, of the same letter. 4 Jun 1831: contemporary copy (ii) Printed handbill, in French, produced by the Ghent branch of the National Association, reporting on its meeting of 31 May 1831 and the resolutions passed then. n.d. [Jun 1831]
Three papers
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John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, British Joint Commissioner of the London Conference to the provisional government of Belgium
Belgium: revolt; revolution; independence
Captain Charles White, author and intelligence correspondent
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, later Leopold I, King of the Belgians
Maastricht, alias Maestricht, Netherlands
Ralph Abercrombie, later second Baron Dunfermline, secretary to the British mission at Brussels
Ghent, Belgium
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