PRIME MINISTER HENRY JOHN TEMPLE (GREAT BRITAIN) - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 12/17/1846 - HFSID 26787
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PRIME MINISTER HENRY JOHN TEMPLE (GREAT BRITAIN)
As Foreign Minister, he signed this 1846 manuscript letter promising to consider a consular post for a man recommended by a Prussian diplomat
Manuscript letter signed: "Palmerston" as Foreign Secretary, 3 pages, 8x12¾. Foreign Office, 1846 December 17. To Baron Alexander d'Humboldt.In part: "I have had the honour to receive your letter of the 29th of November in which you recall to my recollection the Talents and Services of Sir Robert Schombergh and request for him Consular Employment in Europe…Sir Robert Schombergh has mentioned to me his wish to be appointed to a Consulship in South America, and I have put his name down on my list of Candidates for such an appointment…." Prime Minister Henry John Temple of Great Britain (1784-1865), popularly known as Lord Palmerston due to his Irish Peerage title as the 3rd Viscount Palmerston, was Britain's Secretary of State for War(1809-1828), Foreign Secretary (1830-1834, 1835-1841, 1846-1851) andPrime Minister (1855-1858, 1859-1865). He held office almost continuously for nearly half a century from 1807 until his death. Because he held an Irish peerage rather than an English one, he was able to sit in the House of Commons. Disliked by Queen Victoria and often abrasive in dealing with foreign governments - he held a lifelong antipathy to the United States - Palmerston was nevertheless effective in promoting British interests. Although he opposed slavery, Palmerston sympathized with the Confederacy on the grounds that a breakup of the United States would benefit Britain. SCHOMBERGH was later appointed British Consul in Santo Domingo. HUMBOLDT was a scientist, Prussian diplomat, world traveler and writer. The Humboldt Current is named for him. Lightly creased. Folds, pin hole at cross-folds. Lightly stained, touching the "t" of signature. Nicked at upper and lower blank edges at mid-vertical fold. Otherwise, fine condition.
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