Opinions and Policy of Viscount Palmerston As Minister, Diplomatist, and Statesman

U S Government,Viscount Henry John Palmerston

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...A question might have arisen as to whether such a mode of proceeding was expedient or wise: but no question could have arisen as to whether the adoption of it implied the entering into a new course of policy, and a departure from the spirit of the engagements which were contracted twelve months ago, --which have been before Parliament since that period, and of which Parliament has not hitherto expressed any disapprobation. It is an English interest that the cause of the Queen of Spain shall be successful-it is of great import ance to this country that the alliance which has been for tunately cemented between the four Powers of the West, --England, France, Constitutional Spain, and Constitutional Portugal--it is, Irepeat, of great interest and importance, in the most enlarged views of national policy, that that alliance should continue and it can only continue by the success of the Queen of Spain. If any man were to tell me that, in the event of Don Carlos succeeding (Which, however, I hold to be impossible) in establishing himself on the throne of Spain, and in restoring all those principles of internal government and foreign policy, which would inevitably follow his establishment---if any man were to tell me that such a change in the state of Spain would leave her as eflicient an ally of England, in the spirit of the Quadruple Treaty, as she would continue to be if the cause of the Queen should triumph--I would tell that individual that he neither understands the interests of England, nor the spirit of the Treaty. We know that Europe, since the French Revolution of July, has been divided, I will not say into hostile, but into different parties acting, each, according to their respective principles and, if those parties have not.