PP/GC/PO/24 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning provision for his attache at Rio, 23 December 1830
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: he intended to speak to Palmerston in London about the situation of his attache at Rio, Newton Scott, but was prevented. Scott has been in South America for five years, and has never given Ponsonby any reason to find fault with him. He had extremely hard work to do for a long time, and the climate and the "banishment" must also be taken into consideration. Scott took over all the duties of Mr ?Frazer at Rio, who has since been placed at Vienna, and who was employed at Rio as paid attache with the title of translator of Portuguese. Scott is perfectly qualified for, and has performed, this duty. He speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese excellently. When Mr Frazer obtained leave to return to Europe, Ponsonby asked Lord Aberdeen, in the name of justice, to make the same provision for Scott that Frazer had enjoyed. Aberdeen said he would do what he could when Frazer had been appointed elsewhere, but did not make any promises. The Archbishop of Canterbury also appealed to Aberdeen, at the request of Newton Scott's father, and Ponsonby believes that Aberdeen promised the Archbishop he would do something for Scott. "If you think the case a fit one for consideration and still more for compliance it would perhaps be well to let the Archbishop have the obligation to you. I have myself enough obligation to you already for your kindness to me, but still it will be a service to me for so much do I think it right that Scott should have some remuneration for services in that part of the world that I have myself allowed him a yearly income." 23 Dec 1830
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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, formerly British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Rio de Janeiro
Newton Savile Scott, British attache at Rio de Janeiro
Mr ?Frazer, British attache at Vienna, formerly at Rio de Janeiro
George Hamilton Gordon, fourth Earl of Aberdeen
William Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury
Diplomatic appointments; patronage
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