The Panmure Papers
Being a selection from the correspondence of Fox Maule,
second Baron Panmure, afterwards eleventh Earl of Dalhousie, KT, GCB
edited by Sir George Douglas, Bart, MA and Sir George Dalhousie Ramsay, CB, late of the War Office
published by Hodder and Stoughton, London MCMVIII

Note on this publication of The Panmure Papers:
The source for this on-line version of The Panmure Papers is the two-volume edition published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1908. The editors of that publication, Sir George Douglas and Sir George Dalhousie Ramsay, had access to the originals of the letters. The published work contained those letters as edited by them, together with their account of Lord Panmure’s earlier career, their chapter summaries, their marginal headings, and their footnotes. These are all reproduced in this on-line version, with nothing added and nothing taken away.
Marginal headings are here rendered as side headings. This has necessitated splitting some paragraphs. In some cases the original marginal headings were not appropriately aligned, and I have taken the liberty of relocating them to a more relevant position.
Page footnotes in the original are here reproduced as chapter endnotes. To mitigate the inconvenience of this, the references are made into links which will jump to the end of the chapter.
Where the original manuscript letters contained underlined words, the Hodder & Stoughton publication printed them in italics. H.M. Queen Victoria and Vice-Admiral Houston Stewart were particularly free with emphasis, and underlining would, I feel, have conveyed the character of their letters better, but not having access to the originals myself, I have not felt at liberty to correct this. I have marked up such words as “emphasised,” and most browsers will probably render them in italics still. This is particularly unfortunate as at least one letter actually refers to words being underscored. (This sentence shows how your browser renders emphasised words.)
Douglas and Ramsay censored some of the letters which made adverse comments on individuals. For example, on 20 July 1855, they have Panmure writing to Simpson, “I have also seen M’Neill, who gives a poor account of ——.” It seems unlikely that the original suppressed the name. Again, a few days later, in a letter dated 5 July, they omit a part of a letter from Panmure to Simpson, replacing it with, “[Here follow some questions as to the qualifications of General Sir Richard England for succeeding to the chief command. Sir Richard’s conduct in the first Afghan war had been adversely criticised, but Panmure had never given ear to his detractors.]” Again, not having access to the originals, I have perforce reproduced the censored version.
The printed publication was not meticulous in distinguishing between the text of the quoted letters and editorial interjections. Where there is no doubt, I have rendered editorial matter as such, but where there is ambiguity I have left it as source text. In particular, many of the letters contain ellipses, thus: Most if not all of these probably indicate editorial cuts, but it is conceivable that some of them were part of the original letter, and I have left all of them as such.

It will be seen that only chapters 1 to 28 and the appendix have been transcribed. The remainder are retained in the menu for reference. It had been intended to provide a link here to the 'full view' book at Google Books as a way of providing instant access to the whole publication. However, it appears to have been removed. If anyone knows of the book's availability elsewhere online, please let the CWRS webmaster know.
Volume I Volume II
MonthChapterPages MonthChapterPages MonthChapterPages MonthChapterPages
Introductory1-39   December 18551-43   November 1856315-321   437-449
February 1855 40-87   January 185644-82   December 1856322-330   450-453
March 185588-137   February 185683-135   January 1857331-344   454-463
April 1855138-175   March 1856136-175   345-359   464-472
May 1855176-218   April 1856176-212   March 1857360-370   473-476
June 1855219-264   May 1856213-241  April 1857371-379   477-499
July 1855265-325   June 1856242-264   380-388   500-520
August 1855326-365   July 1856265-278   389-399   Feb/March 1855521-533
September 1855366-414   August 1856279-290   400-410   535-547
October 1855415-470   September 1856291-304   411-427
November 1855471-515   October 1856305-314   428-436