PP/GC/PO/587 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, relating to the abdication of the Emperor, the new constitution, that the Austrians do not look up to the diet of Frankfurt and that war will probably be necessary to France, 4 December 1848
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Vienna], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the plan of abdication has been put under execution. The young Emperor will be presented to a vast army of victorious troops and find the spirit of ultra democracy much diminished. The expedition against the Hungarians promised to be successful. The constitution meditated by the administration is founded upon the principles Palmerston stated. The Austrians feel complete contempt for the “wise men” at Frankfurt: it is prudent to go on softly with them. The Diet will conclude its ridiculous constitution for Germany in a few weeks and then expire having done its work. Italy is “at its last gasp”. He believes war will become necessary for France from the internal action of material causes created by their laws. 4 Dec 1848 The docket notes that the letter was received on 8 December 1848.
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