PP/GC/PO/91 Letter from W.A.Ellerman to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning events at Antwerp, 29 March 1831
Letter from William Alexander Ellerman, [Hanoverian consul at Antwerp], Antwerp, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "Your lordship has no doubt been prepared for great events, and as my letter to Lord Ponsonby late last night contained a very gloomy picture of this town and not having been able to convey to Brussels any later intelligence so as to reach in time for this mail, I take the liberty of addressing your lordship direct. I shall be flattered to learn that under similar circumstances, and a crisis near or pass'd, my advices may prove acceptable. The town is tranquil and deputies who were yesterday resolved not to go to Brussels for fear of being attack'd in Congress left this [f.1v] city this morning for Malines, there to await the Regent's reply to a message forwarded last night. No doubt they have proceeded on as all appeared quiet at Brussels this m[ornin]g. The two new generals commanding here were called upon by the authorities. They have given the most satisfactory assurances that political opinions should in no way interfere with their duties in the observance and maintenance of peace and tranquility here. Strong patrouls of military support their orders. One garrison is composed of 7 to 8,000 regular troops. The Orange Party, perfectly organised and, as it would appear, acting in unison with other towns, was defeated in its object by a single individual; the delay has occasioned a most serious defeat, from which, under the [f.2r] engines now brought forward by the Brussels Club, they will not be able to show head again it is supposed for time to come. One of the general[s] ?replaced and who was to go to Namur has applied for leave of absence. The 2nd left this for Brussels upon orders yesterday m[ornin]g. It w[oul]d appear that had the Orange party succeeded, the Prince would have been called for as Lieutenant Governor, acting for the King; the colours would have been Orange, the spiking of the heavy guns on the Battery du Nord was resolved on; it appears ascertained that for want of sufficient water to swing round, the plan of sending a Dutch line of battle ship, moor'd near the battery, has been totally abandoned. Intervention is the [f.2v] crux of the day; it is looked upon now as the only means of saving the country from anarchy or civil war, the dread of a republic by manoeuvres of the Brussels Club in general, and as little was mentioned in the last account from London about an English fleet coming to this river, great dismay is shewn by all the respectable class of men here." 29 Mar 1831 The letter is marked "1/2 past 2 p.m."
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Belgium: revolt; revolution; independence
Malines, or Mechelen; Namur; Antwerp, Belgium
William Frederick, Prince of Orange, later William II, King of Holland
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