PP/GC/CA/174 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning Sulieman Pasha going as Turkish envoy to study Wallachian demands from Hungary after the uprising, France's minister in Constantinople, and the Sublime Porte ministers and finances, 19 July 1848
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "Suleiman Pasha, who is gone to Walachia, is a good sort of man, and of high official standing, but not remarkably clever, or clean-handed. I should have seen Aali Pasha with more confidence in his place, and I spoke one day to his friend Reschid upon the subject. But Reschid gave me to understand that [f.1v] the duties of the commissioner in the present case were of too ticklish a description to allow him to wish that so valuable a man as Aali shall be exposed to its hazards. Poor Suleiman told me the other day that he felt an internal conviction of success, though every one assured him that he would fail. He was said to have been selected because he was both a soldier and a statesman. The fact is that he is not much of either, and I am glad to learn that my hint of employing Omar Pasha in command of the troops has been finally adopted. [f.2r] My French colleague in passe appears to be a worthy man, considering the times and what he serves; but he is, nevertheless, a Frenchman as well as a general, and when full-grown will, I apprehend, require to be looked after as well as his neighbours. I called to offer sympathy on the dreadful news from Paris, and I sent him the * my * \ the / draft of my letter to Sir E.Lyons for perusal, and both acts draw very well-conditioned acknowledgements from him. [f.2v] Sarim Pasha, if I mistake not, is inclined to get troublesome, and may want turning out before long; but Reschid is not quite ripened again yet, and caution is necessary. I observe your new instruction about reforms, and will notice it officially some other day. I am inclined at present to think that it will be advisable to get up a Christian evidence and perhaps some other questions very shortly - but you may depend upon cares [f.3r] in the manner of proceeding. I have been hammering the Merchant Commissioners about tariffs and have only just received half an answer from them. I fear that circumstances bear them out in expecting resolutions on too large a scale to suit either Turkish ideas or the present state of the Turkish revenue." 19 Jul 1848 The letter is marked: "Private"
Two papers, with cuts for disinfection $$N ADDREFS A copy of this letter is in the Stratford Canning papers at the Public Record Office: FO/352/31
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Constantinople; Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Suleiman Pasha, alias Suleyman Pasha, Turkish envoy at Bucharest
Ali Pasha, alias Aali Effendi, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs, later Grand Vizier
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Ottoman Grand Vizier
Omar Pasha, formerly Michael Letesh, a Muslim proselyte from Serbia, commander of Turkish troops
Wallachia; Romania; Hungary
Russia: relations with Ottoman empire; revolution in Wallachia
General Jacques Aupick, incoming French ambassador at Constantinople
Edmond, Baron de Bourqueney, outgoing French ambassador at Constantinople
Great Britain: relations with France
Revolution: France
Sir Edmund Lyons, first Baronet, British minister plenipotentiary at Athens
Sarim Pasha, alias Sarym Effendi, Turkish Minister of Finance
Tanzimat, Turkish reform movement, westernisation
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