Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn
b. 1836-07-24
d. 1907-11-15
Ashley, born in 1836, was private secretary to Prime Minister Lord Palmerston from 1858 until Palmerston's death in 1865. Enclosed in this despatch is a document addressed from Ashley to the Colonial Office forwarding a memorial from the Mayor and Council of the City of Victoria offering the Queen congratulations on the birth of the Prince and Princess of Wales' son.
During his time as Palmerston's private secretary, Ashley accompanied British diplomat Laurence Oliphant on an expedition to Volhynia, Russia, where they were arrested on suspicions that they were Polish insurgents.1 In 1865, he was decorated commander of the Danish order of the Dannebrog.2 Following Palmerston's death, Ashley embraced his office as treasurer of county courts, and was elected as a Liberal for Poole, Dorset, in 1874.3 In the 1880 general election, he was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Board of Trade, in Prime Minister William Gladstone's administration; and in 1882 he transferred to the Colonial Office where he represented the Secretary of State, Lord Derby, in the House of Commons.4 Ashley died on 15 November 1907 at Broadlands.5
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