AuthorCraig Forcese
Chapter 14
The President is content to receive these acknowledgments and assurances
in the conciliatory spirit which marks your Lordship’s letter, and will make
this subje, as a complaint of violation of territory, the topic of no further
discussion between the two governments.
—      6  18421
T   now f‌inally replaced Andrew Ste-
venson as ambassador. Edward Everett described by his
alma mater Harvard as “brilliant and honored”2 — assumed
the post. A renowned orator, educator, and politician, Everett was well
received by the British. While the location of ongoing negotiations over
the irritants between the two states would soon shift to Washington,
Everett became an important conduit to the British foreign oce.3
The late 1841 changes at the top of the British foreign service
were even more dramatic. Viscount Palmerston now departed the
scene, as the government of Sir Robert Peel entered oce. The new
British foreign secretary, George Hamilton-Gordon, the Earl of Aber-
deen, dif‌fered from his more hawkish predecessor, believing (like
Daniel Webster) that bilateral irritants might be resolved by a more
accommodating approach. Lord Aberdeen also hoped to deter the
United States from alliance with Britain’s perennial rival, France.4
Still, while Aberdeen seemed better disposed to the Americans
than had Palmerston,5 he prepared for the worst. He renewed Henry
Stephen Fox’s orders to quit Washington should Alexander McLeod
be executed.6 And indeed, McLeod’s fate remained a subject of

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