HC Deb 06 July 1871 vol 207 c1225

said, he wished to take the opportunity of answering a Question put by the hon. Member for Waterford (Mr. Osborne) two or three days ago. A paragraph had appeared in the newspapers containing statements about Lord Bloomfield being about to retire from the Embassy at Vienna, and certain other diplomatic arrangements, and his hon. Friend asked if they were correct. The paragraph in question was premature; but, at the same time, it was probable that within some moderate period Lord Bloomfield would retire from the Embassy at Vienna. He was very anxious that there should be no misunderstanding on the subject of that retirement. It would be a voluntary resignation on the part of Lord Bloomfield, who would retire with a mark of Her Majesty's favour which would entirely obviate any misconstruction as to the high place which Lord Bloomfield held in the estimation of the Government.