Title:
PP/GC/CA/104 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning developments in the Greek civil war and the British consul's application for an advance of money from the government for Greece, 30 April 1832
Date:
30/04/1832
Content:
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople], Therapia, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he encloses a Smyrna newspaper reporting events in Greece which might be of interest to Palmerston if he has not yet heard from Dawkins [the British consul in Greece]. Dawkins has written privately to Canning and told him that Colletti is living with the French minister, which has not helped to bring about a settlement between the opposing parties. Canning thinks that Dawkins should have told Baron Rouen, the French resident, to be less biased in his dealings; the time was right for siding with his Russian auxiliaries against the French and for calling upon the admirals "to interfere in the most decided manner for the settlement of the government on fair grounds of equity and conciliation". Dawkins has hinted that he means to apply for an advance of money to the newly constituted authorities, when established. Dawkins thinks that this application can be based on the protocols, but the representatives in Turkey have no more authority than those in Greece on the subject of money. Indeed, the British are more likely to want money for the Turks than to have any at their disposal for the Greeks. Canning thinks it right to mention Dawkins' hint. 30 Apr 1832 Enclosed is an edition of the JOURNAL DE SMYRNE, in French, which includes a report of the twenty second decree of the Greek National Assembly giving details and powers of the provisional government in Greece, 8 21 February 1832; a report of the fifth session of the National Assembly, 29 March 1832 including a letter from Agostino Kapodistrias on the state of Greece and the appointment of a prince; reports from Constantinople on the launch of a frigate; ministerial changes in the government; the fleet's preparations, a poll tax `kharatch' set for Armenians, Catholics, Greeks and Jews; negotiations on the Greek borders; the question of Egyptian peace with the Sublime Porte; reports from Smyrna on trade and the effect of war with Egypt; preparations for fighting in Syria; an increase of disease in Aiden [Turkey] due to the drought, the departure for Acre of an Egyptian flotilla of twenty five ships with nearly ten thousand men, the command of the most important ships being in the hands of Europeans; the establishment of a line of steamers from Smyrna and Constantinople to trade between France, Greece and Italy through the Dardanelles, financed by a Paris company; postscript to earlier reports about the opposition of Argos to the provisional government in Nauplia and fall of Agostino Capodistrias; the nomination by Kolettis and the residents of a provisional governmental commission until the arrival of the new sovereign, Prince Otto, consisting of Kolettis himself, Zaimis, Mavrokordatos, Koundouriotis, Deliyani, Zamados and Kolokotronis. 22 Apr 1832
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Two papers
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Subject:
Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople
Edward James Dawkins, British resident and consular agent in Greece
Greece: civil war
Ioannis Colletti, alias Kolettis, leader of the provisional Greek governmental commission, leader of the Rumeliot troops
Baron de Rouen, French resident in Greece
Greek government: finances, economy, debt, taxes
Greek government: constitution, provisional administration
National assembly, Greece
Agostino, Count Capodistrias, alias Kapodistrias, head of Greek provisional government
Prince Otto, alias Otho, of Bavaria, later Otto I, or Otho I, King of Greece
Jean Gabriel Eynard, Swiss financier, philhellene and campaigner for the liberation of Greece
Mahmud II, Ottoman Sultan
Ottoman Egyptian war
Muhammad Ali, alias Mehemet Ali, Pasha of Egypt
Ibrahim Pasha
Sulieman Neschib Effendi, alias Suleyman Necib Bey, Reis Effendi or Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Akif Effendi or Akif Pasha
Admiral Ricord, Russian resident and leader of convoy at Poros
Zaimis, member of the provisional Greek government commission
Prince Alexandros Mavrocadatos, alias Mavrokordatos [?], member of the provisional Greek government commission
Koundouriotos, member of the provisional Greek government commission
Deliyani, member of the provisional Greek government commission
Zamados, member of the provisional Greek government commission
Kolokotronis, member of the provisional Greek government commission
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