PP/GC/CA/170 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, on conversations he has had with Prince Esterhazy about Britain's relationship with Hungary and the Austrian empire, 12 May 1848
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British minister on a special mission to Bavaria], Munich, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: when he was in Vienna, Canning had a private talk with Prince Esterhazy and Count Batthyany on Hungary. They told Canning that they wished England to open a consulate at Pesth and to open links, especially commercial ones, with Hungary. The port of Fiume could be used for this trade. Canning was impressed by their argument although he himself has no knowledge of the port. The same views have been given to Lord Ponsonby. As Ponsonby must have passed these views to Palmerston, Canning will say no more on the subject. In his discussion, Canning clearly laid down the view that Hungary should continue in a close relationship with Austria as an integral part of the empire. 12 May 1848 The letter is marked: "Separate and confidential".
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British minister on a special mission to Bavaria
Paul Anton, Prince Esterhazy of Galantha
Lajos, alias Ludwig, Count Batthyany or Batthyani, later President of Hungary
John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Vienna
Pesth alias Pest, Hungary $P Fiume, Yugoslavia, later Italy, later Serbia
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