PP/GC/PO/570 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, stating that Baron Pillersdorf is weak and governed entirely by students and giving his opinion on the state of the Austrian Empire, 14 May 1848
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Vienna], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the present chief minister baron Pillersdorf is weak and timid and well as an intriguer. He would say or do anything in obedience to those who assume to govern: the students. The Polish population of Galicia send more members to the chamber than any other part of the Empire and the gentry in Galicia are enemies to Austria, existing only by the protection of Austrian troops. He has heard the soldier are beginning to be affected by the agitators. It is difficult to hope for much good under the present ministry but he cannot see how it is to be got rid of. Unless the executive is freed from the control of the streets, “everything will go to rack”. He believes the Emperor should be removed from Vienna for his safety. Bankruptcy, starvation and anarchy are imminent. Russia has no intention of changing her policy and Posonby believes the French are eager for war. 14 May 1848 The docket notes that the letter was received on 22 May 1848.
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