file HALIFAX/A4/410/24 - The Lansdowne Letter

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The Lansdowne Letter


  • November 1917 (Creation)

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A copy of a letter from Lord Halifax to Lord Henry C. Bentinck about the 'Lansdowne Letter "The Lansdowne Letter", written by 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, had appeared in The Daily Telegraph in Nov 1917. In it Lord Lansdowne advocated the immediate cessation of the war with Germany upon terms of compromise. Lord Henry Bentinck supported Lord Lansdowne, and asked Lord Halifax, then Edward Wood, to write to The Times in similar terms. In this copy of his answer to Lord Bentinck, Lord Halifax gave his reasons why he could not write such a letter: It was necessary now to go on with the war until victory had been achieved; but meanwhile the inner Cabinet of the Government should be remodelled; and after the war "we must have some sort of "international, coercive 'pact machinery'."


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