PP/GC/CA/177 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning relations between the Sublime Porte and Russia over Wallachia, Canning's agreements with General Aupick and his hopes in the Greco-Turkish border dispute, 4 September 1848
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "I find it not a little puzzling to keep a steady line of march between the Porte and Russia, to keep the peace and to respect the treaties on one side, and on the other to sustain the Porte's courage, and to lay a foundation for real improvements in Walachia. [f.1v] At present, Russia seems more disposed to force the Porte into measures of severity than to join with her in adopting those of improvement. If the Porte be pressed too hard it is not impossible that she may appeal to the spectators. I would not put myself forward without necessity, but, were the necessity to arise, I could hardly err in trying, by discreet and seasonable means, to rescue her from the humiliation of being forced to turn tail on her principles of [f.2r] benevolence and improvement. I am authorized to rely upon the concurrence of the internuntio and of the French minister in such a contingency. General Aupick maintains his appearance of being a good sort of man, and without intimacy we are on very neighbourly terms with each other. His assistance might, no doubt, be occasionally of use; but I do not yet feel the want of him, and I had rather have his good will and readiness to second on general [f.2v] terms than to be bound up in a system of close co-operation with him, or indeed with any other of my colleagues here. We are in communication about Greece and, judging from the language of Aali Pasha, I do not despair of eventually obtaining some improvement in the state of things along the frontier. The Porte has already resolved to make some changes among its agents there." 4 Sep 1848 The letter is marked: "Private".
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
General Jacques Aupick, French ambassador at Constantinople
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Wallachia, Romania, Hungary; revolution
Russia: relations with Ottoman empire
Bartholomeus, Baron von Sturmer, internuntio or Austrian ambassador at Constantinople
Ali Pasha, alias Aali Pasha, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Turkey, Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte: relations with Greece
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