into a thousand fragments, and she quickly dissolved into a thousand years.
Palmerston was carrying no money with him, but he dried her eyes by telling her that if she would come back to the same spot the next day at precisely that hour, he would give her sufficient funds to pay for both the jug and the milk.
The following morning Palmerston was in the midst of an important cabinet meeting when he suddenly remembered his promise to the little girl. To the bewilderment of the ministers in the meeting, he jumped up, dashed out of the building, ran across the bridge, and dropped half a crown piece into the waiting child's hand.
He hurried back to his meeting, offering no explanation for his sudden "disappearing act" until the business at hand was completed.
Few stories are told of Palmerston's accomplishments as prime minister. But this one story of a promise kept has survived more than a century of retelling.
What promise do you need to keep today?