PP/GC/PO/129 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the British attache at Rio de Janeiro, 5 July 1831
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, [London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: it seems from what Palmerston has already written to him about Mr Scott, that he has some sympathy for the young man's disappointment, and Ponsonby does not hesitate to recall Palmerston's attention to him. Scott has been in South America for five and a half years and his health has suffered very considerably. He was appointed by Canning, and would have been certain of promotion had Canning lived. He had, through Ponsonby, good reason to hope that he would have been named by Lord Aberdeen to succeed Mr ?Frazer, which he was well qualified to do, having a perfect knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish, but instead he was passed over in favour of another man. "He has too just a sense of the authority of his superiors to complain, but though he silently submits, is it to be doubted that he must lament his hard fate and feel that he ought to nourish no hope of advancement in a profession which he entered with well-founded expectation of success and in which he has conducted himself so as to desire the approbation of his immediate superiors ?" Ponsonby asks Palmerston to excuse his tone, but he is particularly concerned for Scott and would be very grateful if Palmerston could help him. "He has done enough, even in these new times, to justify promotion; five years and a half in south America and all the work too of the mission to execute, constitute some title to be characterized as a labourer, although he has never received one shilling of pay." 5 Jul 1831
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John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby
Newton Savile Scott, British attache at Rio de Janeiro
George Canning, former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
George Hamilton Gordon, fourth Earl of Aberdeen, former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Mr ?Frazer, British attache at Vienna, formerly at Rio de Janeiro
Diplomatic appointments; patronage
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