"mass production" began to have meaning. There were to be eleven miles of tables and fifteen thousand exhibitors with wares valued at two million pounds. Napoleon's gibe was to be turned into a compliment. Two thousand men were building the Crystal Palace and packing cases of exhibits were already arriving at the ports. Mr. Henry Cole, Mr. Joseph Paxton, and Prince Albert were enjoying the sight of victory.


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1850

LORD PALMERSTON soon forgot, or ignored, the reproof of April, 1848, and in August, 1850, his highhanded conduct of foreign affairs and his neglect of the Queen brought more angry protests from the palace. The letters exchanged between the Queen, the Prime Minister and Lord Palmerston on this occasion reveal the tenacious will with which Queen Victoria clung to her power.

On August 12, while the Queen and Prince Albert were at Osborne, they sent a letter to Lord John Russell, in the Queen's name:

With reference to the conversation about Lord Palmerston which the Queen had with Lord John Russell the other day, and Lord Palmerston's disavowal that he ever intended any disrespect to her by the various neglects of which she had so long and so often to complain, she thinks it right, in order to prevent any mistake for the future, shortly to explain what it is she expects from her Foreign Secretary. She requires:
1. That he will distinctly state what he proposes in a given case, in order that the Queen may know as distinctly to what she has given her Royal sanction.
2. Having once given her sanction to a measure, that it be not arbitrarily altered or modified by the Minister. Such an act she must consider as failure in sincerity towards the Crown, and justly to be visited by the exercise of her Constitutional right of dismissing that Minister. She expects to be kept informed of what passes between him and the Foreign Ministers, before important decisions are taken, based upon that intercourse; to receive the Foreign despatches in good time, and to have the drafts for her approval sent to her in sufficient time to make herself acquainted with their contents before they must be sent off. The Queen thinks it best, that Lord John Russell should show this letter to Lord Palmerston.

Lord Palmerston assured the Prime Minister that he would

"not fail to attend to the directions,"
and next day he asked for an audience, not

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