Catalogue description VOL 4E Summary of Contents. Political correspondence relating mainly to the corn duties...

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VOL 4E Summary of Contents. Political correspondence relating mainly to the corn duties crisis and JR's attempt to form a government. Parliament and government administration: Sir Robert Peel proposes suspension of the corn duties. JR's "Edinburgh letter" to City of London electors: comment and approval; Lord Melbourne's objections. Sir Robert Peel's offer of resignation. JR's Journal Dec. 8-19. Summoned by the Queen to Osborne and asked to form a government. Lord Grey's refusal to serve if Lord Palmerston holds the Foreign Office. JR obliged to decline formation of a government and Sir Robert Peel withdraws his resignation. Correspondence: JR; the Queen; Prince Albert; Sir Robert Peel; Sir James Graham; Lords Lansdowne, Minto, Monteagle, Clarendon, Anglesey, Morpeth, Grey, Palmerston, Bessborough, Erroll, Rossmore, Donegall, Melbourne, Fortescue, Cottenham; Sir D. Le Marchant; Dukes of Leinster, Bedford; F. Baring; R. Blewitt; G.P. Scrope; E. Ellice; C. Wood; R. Vernon Smith. Ireland: railways; intimations of future famine; speculation on Daniel O'Connell's intentions. Duke of Leinster's description of an Irishman - "-- Paddy will not improve himself." [fs. 6-7]. Correspondence: D.R. Pigot; N.H. Macdonald and others. Colonial affairs. New Zealand: loss of life among settlers from native attacks. Wairua massacre: Governor Fitzroy's "illegal and cruel decision" [fs. 9-12]. Correspondence: Edward Wakefield. Foreign affairs: U.S.A. - Canada border. Offer by America of 49th parallel. Correspondence JR; Edward Everett. Foreign affairs: France: Henry Reeve reports M. Guizot's opinion of Lord Palmerston. Personal: JR's Edinburgh Review articles. Correspondence: Macvey Napier, editor. Personal: Lord William Russell on Lady Holland's annuity to JR: "-- it requires strength of mind to resist the pecuniary torrent" [f. 12].

Date: 1845 Dec.
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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