[ Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley, Member of Parliament for Bristol. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Henry F. Berkeley') describing the prospects of war with Russia, Cobden's Peace League, and 'the Russian Embassy and its wonderful information'.

Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley [Francis Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley ] (1794-1870), Member of Parliament for Bristol, advocate of the secret ballot
Publication details: 
Victoria Square [ Westminster ]. 17 October 1849.
SKU: 20733

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter by a knowledgeable English Member of Parliament, describing Anglo-Russian relations in the period preceding the Crimean War. The recipient is not named. The letter opens: 'My dear Sir | I have called at the Foreign Office, with the Address. Lord Palmerston being about I have left it with his first Secretary Lord Eddisburg, and with a letter from myself. I am assured that his Lordship will be very glad of the document power and proper, as it is.' He does not believe that there is any doubt that 'but for the Peace League, Russia dared not to have gone the lengths she has, but no Autocrat ever was so at home in English feeling as him of Russia'. He complains: 'Say or do what I may Cobden and the Quakers won't let an English Ministry go to war!' His observation, he asserts, 'arises a good deal from a knowledge I have of the Russian Embassy, and its wonderful information. Russia too knows this, viz, that if France were to pick a quarrel with us & America made in as she assuredly would that to Russia we should look for aid.' He agrees with the recipient 'in thinking John Russell a very slow man'. From the papers of the family of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton.