PP/GC/CA/106 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the effect of the fall of Grey's ministry on the negotiations with the Sublime Porte about borders of Greece, 7 June 1832
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to] Constantinople, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he thanks Palmerston for remembering him "at such an anxious moment as that of your retirement from office". Volos and Arta [as border limits] were very nearly secured before the British administration changed and he hopes that that will not do more than delay the final agreement. Everyone is keen to conclude the discussions and Canning hopes to be able to leave [Constantinople] before the end of another month. Although progress might appear slow, it is really very fast for negotiations in the east. They are uncertain in Constantinople what exactly has happened in England [with the fall of Grey's ministry and the reform bill]. "It is impossible to divest oneself entirely of apprehension, but so many people have so much to lose that they will stand a long time on the brink of the precipice before they venture to leap over." Canning entertains this consolatory hope until more news is received. 7 Jun 1832 The letter is marked: "Private" and was received on 27 June 1832.
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople
Charles Grey, second Earl Grey, Prime Minister
Greek borders settlement
Arta; Volos: northern Greece
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Great Britain: parliamentary reform; reform bill; parliament; franchise; electorate; peerages
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