Lord Palmerston's Tact.
No man ever had greater tact m gettiny out of a dilemma than Lord Palmersbon, of which the following is a. good example :—A certain diplomatist was recalled from an important but distant legation, and appointed to an inferior post m Europe. He returned home m great dudgeon, and, calling .upon a friend, Baillie Cochrane, said, "I shall go at once to Carlton gardens, and let his lordship know, m unmeasured terms, what I think of his abominable conduct, and 1 will return and tell you the result.' When he returned Baillie Cochrane, greeted -him ; witty, ' Well, I hope you have not minced the matter with Palmerston." "Plague confound the fellow !" answered the visitor ; " he wouldn't let me get m a word !" " What do you mean?" "Why, I sent m my card and was kept m the diniri?-room while he was, of course, arranging the; scene ; for no sooner .was I,shown m the study than, before I could utter a word, he rushed up, and seized me by both hands. 'My dear friend,' he said, 'I rejoice we have you back amongst us ; you exchange barbaric life for civilisation; all your friends are so glad to welcome you V *My lord, I am surprised,' I struggled to say. ' Not a word, not a word ! here is Lady Palmerston. My dear ; welcome your old friend ; he is one of usi again. He. will dine with us to-day—won't you ? We must keep you now that we have got you back. lam oft' to Cabinet Council. Lady Palmeratdn, get our friend to tell you some of those anecdotes which used to delight us ; .1 leave him m your care. GJbod by, cm i'evoir !—at 8 o'clock.' And so he rushed out. lam engaged to dine and have lost niy chance." On another occasion a gentleman desjred to obtain a consular appointment for a relative tha.t hies lordship did not by any meana consider a desirable party. A less clever man would have been puzzled to find excuses for a refusal. Not so "Pam," "Too happy to terve you; call to-morrow, and I will see what can be done," was the cheery reply. When the suitor came next day "Pam " at onoe, proposed a consulship of £620 a year m Asia Minor. The suitor was delighted. It would suit hia relative to a. T. He was leaving the room after a profusion of thanks, when Palmerston oalled out, "I will have the papers sent for you to sign." " What papers V "inquired the visitor. '• Why, you are aware whoever recommends a consul is made responsible for all the money that passes through the consul's hands." The suitor's ja.w dropped; the person for whom he interceded was a gambler, and rather a shady customer., He declined the responsibility! ■ as Palmerston well knew he would,"
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890
Lord Palmerston's Tact. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890
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