20 DECEMBER 1845, Page 10


The second Ministerial crisis has this day terminated in Lord John, Russell's resigning the task of forming an administration; and Sir Robert Peel has again been summoned to Windsor by the Queen. What the up- shot of that recall may be, nobody can guess at present. Of course there is much curiosity, and in some quarters much angry impatience, to know what has led to the break-up of the half-formed Whig Cabinet. The cause is said to be—personal differences! In particular, it is said that Earl Grey peremptorily objected to sit in a Cabinet of which the Foreign De- parment was to be intrusted to Viscount Palmerston; basing his objection upon the transactions of 1840, and the general character of Lord Palmer- ston's former bearing in delicate questions with other countries. It is also said that the inquiries as to the support that might be expected on the Corn question from Sir Robert Peel elicited from the Baronet answers which were anything but explicit-

A respected correspondent assures us, that " so far from Cobden having been in the way, office was tendered to him in the handsomest manner; and he declined it, as it became him to do at this time."