PP/GC/PO/97 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, enclosing newspaper articles about the proceedings of the Belgian Congress, 8 April 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 encloses a newspaper which contains a good report of the debate in Congress the previous day. Lebeau went further than Ponsonby expected, and Ponsonby intends to question him again on the government's intentions. He cannot believe they will actually go to war with all Europe and he is happy to hear of changes in the opinion of many men hitherto very violent. It seems that people of property are extremely alarmed and are beginning to get together measures for resisting the plunderers. At present, the government has little or no power. Ponsonby has no reliable intelligence about the French government. He has marked a paragraph in the first pages of the newspaper relating to Luxembourg. The central section has that day proposed that Congress should not be dissolved before August. There is a report that those who instigated the recent outrages, of whom Palmerston has a list, are now preparing to overturn the regency and establish a republic. Ponsonby does not know whether this is true or false. 8 Apr 1831 The letter is marked: "Private", and it is noted on the docket that it was received on 10 April 1831. Enclosed are: (i) a copy of a newspaper, L'INDEPENDANT, in French, published in Brussels: giving summaries of the news from Italy, Holland and France, as well as home news. It includes an article marked in ink by Ponsonby describing the proceedings of the Belgian Congress on 7 April [1831]. 8 Apr 1831 (ii) Copy of a newspaper, L'EMANCIPATION, published in Brussels, in French: reporting on disturbances at Namur, the proceedings of the Senate on 7 April, and news from Poland. 9 Apr 1831
Three papers
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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
Jean Louis Joseph Lebeau, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Belgium: newspapers; the press
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