L[yons]'s meagre & frigid letter, enclosed, is another instance of the infelicitous judgment [sic] of our diplomatists[.]
It may almost rank with Cowley[’]s letter to Malmesbury about the Hubner outrage.
Pray, may I ask you, did you receive any telegram of the fall of the French Ministry? I did not: had I not been dining, en famille, with Lionel Rothschild I shd. have known nothing. His telegram arrived while we were at dinner. This shd be looked after.