The British consul at Nice was Pierre Lacroix. Over the years Knighton mentioned him with respect, met his little girl, and grieved when she died.
Not all the British in Nice shared Knighton's affection for their consul. In June 1826 Thomas Major Pilton, who had lived in Nice for six years, petitioned the Foreign Secretary in London for Lacroix's removal. According to Pilton, so little happened at Nice that the consul's only duty was to sign passports, yet when British subjects needed Lacroix he was never to be found. Instead he ran numerous lucrative sidelines, all of which involved charging commission. If His Majesty's Government insisted on employing a consul at a port with no trade they would do better to appoint 'some Poor but Brave retired Officer who had Fought and Bled in his Country's defence, and whose health having suffered in the service required a Salubrious Climate to renovate it.'
Lacroix survived Pilton's criticisms.
This medical guide to Nice is from 1841.
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- Knighton, Lady [Dorothea], Memoirs of Sir William Knighton, Bart., G.C.H., Keeper of the Privy Purse during the Reign of His Majesty King George the Fourth. Including his correspondence with many distinguished persons, 2 volumes (London: Richard Bentley, 1838)
- Chichester, West Sussex Record Office, Add Ms 22372
- Kew, The National Archives, FO 67/74