PP/GC/PO/586 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, stating that the new foreign secretary is not disposed to come to terms with the Italian question, the dangers of pushing Austria to extremity and that the Austrians are not afraid of the French, 25 November 1848
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Ponsonby will find the new foreign secretary even more decided than Wessenberg not to yield one atom of territory to France or England. Ponsonby assumed that Palmerston will not want to break with Austria. As well as an enormous political fault, it would be the cause of a clamour in England that neither Palmerston nor the administration would be able to resist. Russia will support Austria. It is a great mistake to believes that the Austrians fear the French: Metternich did but Windisch Gratz does not and neither does Radetsky nor the Austrian army. Windisch Gratz had no thoughts of asking anything of Queen Victoria: he is not so unwise as to entertain such a project as Palmerston suspects. The Austrian troops have marched for Hungary. Kossuth and his party are not likely to succeed. 25 Nov 1848
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