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John Tyler the Accidental President$
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Edward P. Crapol

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872239

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882726_crapol

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Avoiding War & Preserving Peace

Avoiding War & Preserving Peace

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(p.89) 4 Avoiding War & Preserving Peace
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John Tyler the Accidental President
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Edward P. Crapol

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.8

This chapter describes how the young Queen Victoria was understandably perplexed about the American president's unique proposal. In only the fourth year of her glorious and lengthy reign, the relatively inexperienced and impressionable monarch confessed to having never heard of such a thing. Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel shared Her Majesty's bewilderment at President John Tyler's amazing diplomatic gaffe. As he explained in late October 1841 to his twenty-two-year-old sovereign in the formal and deferential third person required when addressing the queen, “ Sir Robert Peel humbly assures your Majesty that he fully participates in the surprise which your Majesty so naturally expresses at the extraordinary intimation conveyed to Mr. Fox by the President of the United States.”

Keywords:   Queen Victoria, American president, Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, President John Tyler, diplomatic gaffe

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