PP/GC/CA/158 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about settling the affair between the King of Greece, and the Ottoman Sultan, 20 May 1847
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople, Grosvenor Square, [London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he was sorry to find that Palmerston was unable to see him when he had called at Carlton Gardens. He wished to continue a conversation they had at their last meeting. He would have come earlier, but he had been "perplexed in thought" and was confined at home through illness. Canning will wait until Palmerston returns from the country to talk to him but there is one matter which he wishes to raise now. He asks whether the problem of Musurus could not be solved by separating him from the apology. The Sultan demands an apology from Otto and the return of Musurus to Athens. Otto's objection is to the humiliation of addressing his excuses to Musurus himself. If it were possible for Otto to send a special envoy to Constantinople to apologise to the Sultan, then Otto would be able to receive Musurus again as if nothing had happened. Once the Sultan had accepted Otto's apology, Coletti could tell Musurus not to dwell on past insults. Canning's idea may not be of any use. He relates it under the impression that Palmerston is supporting the Sultan and is embarrassed by the whole incident. 20 May 1847 This letter is marked: "Private". PP/GC/CA/175 also refers to this topic.
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Constantine Musurus, alias Masurus, Ottoman ambassador at Athens, who refused a visa to Tzasmes Karatassos, a bandit wanted by the Turks who was also a supporter of Kolettis and who became one of King Otto's aides de camp
Otto I, or Otho I, King of Greece
Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte; Turkey
Ioannis Kolettes, alias Kolettis or Coletti, President of the cabinet and Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs
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