PP/GC/CA/178 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding the lack of progress on tariff and reform discussion in Constantinople, the Porte's relations with Russia and the principalities, 18 September 1848
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he apologises that he has made no progress in the discussions on reforms and tariffs. There is good will towards reform but also "much timidity and procrastination". There is no desire for tariff reform; the government wishes to put this off for as long as possible. Canning is still trying hard to gain a result on both issues; "but mere hammering will not always lead to success". He encloses an extract of a report to Canning from his secretary and first dragoman, Frederick Pisani. It talks of the Porte's stand in its dealings with Russia. Although Canning is on very friendly terms with General Aupick, Aupick has not kept his promise to pass on political information which he receives from French officers visiting the Danube principalities. M. Foublanque has written that one of the French officers has reached Belgrade and is going on through Servia. Canning has engaged the support of his colleagues from France, Austria and Prussia to recommend reform to the Sultan. This will help Reschid Pasha to influence the Sultan, who has "relapsed into a state of doubt and apprehension" on this issue. 18 Sep 1848 The letter is marked: Private" Enclosed is a contemporary copy of a report, in French, [by Frederick Pisani to Sir Stratford Canning]: Aali Pasha told Pisani that Titov received a despatch from Count Nesselrode the previous day. The Count, apparently on a report of General Duhamel, expressed his great dissatisfaction with Suleiman Pasha; he said that if Suleiman carried out those plans he had in mind Duhamel would be obliged to protest against them. This is based only upon the merest suspicion of how Suleiman will act as the Count did not yet know that Suleiman Pasha had accepted the post of caimacam. The Porte congratulates itself on having recalled Suleiman Pasha before it was obliged to do so. n.d. c. 18 Sep 1848: contemporary copy
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Tanzimat; Turkish reform movement, westernisation, administration, tariff, trade
Frederick Pisani, first dragoman and secretary to the British embassy at Constantinople
General Jacques Aupick, French ambassador at Constantinople
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Wallachia, Romania, Hungary, Balkans, Danube, Serbia or Servia, Danubian principalities; revolution
Russia: relations with Ottoman empire
M. Foublanque
Bartholomeus, Baron von Sturmer, internuncio or Austrian ambassador at Constantinople
Count Perponcher Sedlinitzki, Prussian secretary of legation at Constantinople
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Grand Vizier
Vladimir Pavlovich Titov, alias Titow, Russian ambassador at Constantinople
Ali Pasha, alias Aali Pasha, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Karl Robert, Count Nesselrode, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs
General Alexander Duhamel, Russian commissioner to the Danubian principalities
Caimacam, alias Kaimakam or Qaimaqam, deputy to the Grand Vizier and Governor of Constantinople
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