HC Deb 26 July 1855 vol 139 cc1397-8

Sir, I beg to ask the noble Lord the First Minister of the Crown the following question. Major General Chesney was appointed by the Duke of Newcaltle to organise the Turkish Contingent. He accepted that office. When Lord Panmure was appointed to his present position, Major General Chesney was informed that his services would not be required. I beg, therefore, to inquire of the noble Lord whether or not he will have any objection to allow the printing of the letter of the Duke of Newcastle to General Chesney, his acceptance of the office, and Lord Panmure's communication?


Sir, the service on which Major General Chesney was to be employed was not exactly in the organisation of the Turkish Contingent, but a different service, which was not intended to be carried on; and when the organisation of the Turkish Contingent was decided upon another officer, General Vivian, was chosen for the purpose. It was only right to say that the choice was made with reference to circumstances entirely independent of anything personal between them. Her Majesty's Government appreciated most fully the merits of General Chesney, who had performed very good and important services to the country upon the mission in which he was formerly employed, and the reason why he was not selected on the second occasion for a different service is that General Vivian was considered to be the fit person to employ.