Title:
PP/GC/PO/36 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the elections for sovereign in the Belgian Congress, 7 January 1831
Date:
07/01/1831
Content:
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: Bresson has just arrived. He is extremely alarmed at the prospect of the election of the Duc de Leuchtenberg, which Congress is currently discussing in sections. He has just received a letter from Sebastiani favouring anyone other than the Duke. Bresson has told Comte d'Arschot and Merode that if they elect the Duke, he will leave Brussels. This is a secret, and should not be told to Talleyrand. Since writing to Palmerston two hours previously, Ponsonby has had some visitors who said that there was the greatest alarm in case the Prince of Orange would not come forward, and claimed that "everybody is for him but no chief, that six sections of the civic guard out of seven are for him". This may be exaggerated, but the information comes on good authority. The foolish exposure of the proclamations has put pressure on Congress to elect a sovereign, and all parties hostile to the Prince of Orange may unite to deprive him of his chance by electing another. 7 Jan 1831
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Subject:
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
Charles Joseph Bresson, later Comte Bresson, French Joint Commissioner of the London Conference to the provisional government of Belgium
August Charles Eugene Napoleon, Duke of Leuchtenberg, Prince of Eichstadt
Francois Horace Bastien, Comte Sebastiani, French Minister for Foreign Affairs
Philippe Jean Michel, Comte d'Arschot Schoonhoven, alias Aerschot, member of the Belgian Congress, Vice President of the diplomatic committee
Felix, Comte de Merode, member of the central committee of the provisional government of Belgium
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, Prince de Benevent, French ambassador at London
William Frederick, Prince of Orange, later William II, King of Holland
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