PP/GC/CA/179 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the worsening relations between the Sublime Porte and Russia over Wallachia, 19 October 1848
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: both he and General Aupick are worried about the increase of tension between Russia and Turkey. Although neither country intends the situation to lead to hostility, it might "at any moment lead, as heretofore, to sudden and incalculable results". Palmerston will have his own sources of information on the French attitude to this situation. Aupick is being very temperate in his words, although this may be just a symptom of Aupick's personality. The Russian army is very strong and easily able to crush the Wallachian resources, "and the severity of the Emperor's despotism seems to be exasperated by the Sultan's clemency". If the Porte were to be in sympathy with such Russian actions, there would be small hope for its independence, reform movement or for improving its administration. 19 Oct 1848 The letter is marked: "Private".
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
General Jacques Aupick, French ambassador at Constantinople
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte; Constantinople
Wallachia, Romania, Hungary, Balkans, Danube, Serbia or Servia, Danubian principalities; revolution
Russia: relations with Ottoman empire
Tanzimat: Turkish reform movement, westernisation, administration
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