PP/GC/PO/74 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning an attack on him in the Belgian Congress, 23 February 1831
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 thought he should send immediately the note he has received from the diplomatic committee with their reasons for rejecting protocols twelve and thirteen. He cannot make a better comment on this than that in the newspaper he encloses. Ponsonby presumes the relevant article was written by Lehon or Van der Weyer, both of whom are members of the committee, together with Nothomb who is part proprietor of the COURRIER. Ponsonby has been told that Surlet de Chokier will be elected regent, and that no council will be established. "The government will therefore continue in the hands of the same men who have conducted with such skill and honesty ever since the revolution." Ponsonby was attacked in Congress by Lehon, as Palmerston will see from L'EMANCIPATION, but Lehon made a mistake. He ought to have attacked Messrs Rothschild and company, the people who informed Monsieur Osy of the facts alluded to. Lehon is, however, "married to the daughter of the city scavenger, a man of wealth connected now with monied men and he prefers a lie to a dispute with men of that kidney". Palmerston will see from the newspaper that Ponsonby has certain reasons for making the protocol public, but he is unwilling to take the step. He asks Palmerston to let him know immediately what he should do when the regent is elected. It may happen within three days. The report from Paris is that 200,000 men is the largest amount of troops the government can command. 23 Feb 1831 The letter is marked: "Private" and it is noted on the docket that it was received on 25 February 1831. Enclosed are: (i) an edition of a newspaper, LE COURRIER, formerly COURRIER DES PAYS-BAS, in French: it carries reports on the sitting of Congress on 23 February, and on the protocol of 27 January, and news of an insurrection in Italy. Various passages have been marked up in ink. 24 Feb 1831 (ii) Edition of a newspaper, L'EMANCIPATION, published in Brussels, in French: it includes reports about the regent, news from Brussels and Liege, a report on the sitting of the Congress of 22 February 1831, with one passage marked in ink, together with brief coverage of news from France and Poland. 24 Feb 1831
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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
Belgium: revolt; revolution; independence
London Conference on Belgian independence
Charles Aime Joseph, Comte Lehon, or Le Hon
Sylvain van der Weyer, President of the Committee for Foreign Relations of the provisional government of Belgium
Jean Baptiste Nothomb, member of the Committee for Foreign Relations of the provisional government of Belgium
Belgium: newspapers; the press; journalism
Erasme Louis, Baron Surlet de Chokier, President of the Belgian Congress
Rothschilds, bankers
Baron Osy, member of the Belgian Congress for Antwerp
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