PP/GC/CA/156 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding his offer to resign as ambassador to Turkey due to the change in the ministry, 18 August 1846
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople, Grosvenor Square, [London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Canning arrived in London the previous evening. His first thought was to ask to call on Palmerston. "But I shall better perhaps consult your convenience as well as my own feelings, by a previous world about the embassy." Although he is only on leave of absence from his post as ambassador at Constantinople, he is very conscious of the fact that he took up post when appointed by the previous administration. Even though Canning has not noticed any change in foreign policy with the new ministry, nor personally objects to the new government, he feels it only right to resign and allow the new ministry to make its own choice. 18 Aug 1846 Palmerston has written on the docket in pencil: "This will require an answer."
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Diplomatic appointments
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
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