PP/GC/CA/111 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about completing negotiations with the Sublime Porte and other tasks before his leaving for London, 11 August 1832
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople], Therapia, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: at last Canning is about to leave Turkey: the next day, on the `Barham', he hopes to make for Ancona or Trieste, depending on what news they learn at Corfu on "the interesting subject of quarantine". Ancona is more likely. Canning has arranged to communicate with Admiral [Hotham] to decide whether to stop off at Nauplia. He is taking a few days to hand back the British embassy to Mandeville in a respectable condition. "This effort has added some days to my detention here, for, in current as in extraordinary matters, the Turk is a most unwieldy animal to deal with." Canning still has to give Palmerston reports about the consuls, palace and the losses in the fire at Pera, but will wait until he is in London to do so. He has plans for the rebuilding of the palace which would be spoilt by the activities of the quarantine officials at ?Samlin. As Palmerston will have noticed in the negotiators' joint reports, arrangements for Samos have not been as fully realised. Canning had thought that he had settled the matter, after his meeting the day before with the Reis Effendi, but intrigues have changed what had been agreed. The Porte still does not want to parley with Mehemet Ali and continues to reinforce the army. "The situation of this country [Turkey] is, however, tremendously critical, and a fresh disaster by sea or land may produce incalculable consequences." 11 Aug 1832 This letter is marked: "Private" and the docket notes that it arrived in London on 31 August 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
Greek borders settlement
Greek protocol
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Vice Admiral Sir Henry Hotham, Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean fleet
Nauplia, later Navplion, Greece
British embassy in Pera, burnt down in 1831
John Henry Mandeville, British charge d'affaires at Constantinople
Sulieman Neschib Effendi, alias Suleyman Necib Bey, Reis Effendi or Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Akif Effendi or Akif Pasha
Ottoman Egyptian war; invasion of Syria by Egypt led by Muhammad Ali, alias Mehemet Ali, Pasha of Egypt Adate=11/08/1832
Ibrahim Pasha, leader of the invasion of Acre
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