PP/GC/CA/182 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the appointment of a Frenchman, Monsieur Blaque, to the Turkish embassy at London, 22 November 1848
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the Turkish ambassador to London had intended to employ a Frenchman, M. Blacque, joint editor of LE MONITEUR OTTOMAN, as his interpreter. Although Canning found the man himself quite unobjectionable, though ill-qualified, he persuaded Aali Pasha and the Grand Vizier to stop the appointment, in accordance with Palmerston's wishes. But "I do not feel over-confident of your judgement in this matter" and would not like to obstruct the appointment of a deserving individual on "doubtful grounds". If Palmerston wishes to reconsider the case more indulgently, Canning would be happy to inform all parties that he has withdrawn his objections and that Blacque's employment "would not be a cause of any inconvenience or any disagreeable impression to you in communicating with Mehmet Pasha". Blacque's newspaper [LE MONITEUR OTTOMAN] is about to cease production. 22 Nov 1848 This letter is marked: "Private". PP/GC/CA/267 and PP/GC/CA/289 also refer to the proposed appointment of Monsieur Blacque.
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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; Constantinople
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Grand Vizier
Ali Pasha, alias Aali Pasha, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Diplomatic appointments
?Mehemet Pasha, alias Muhammad Pasha, Turkish ambassador to London
?Edouard Blaque or Blacque Bey, former writer for the COURIER DE CONSTANTINOPLE, joint editor of LE MONITEUR OTTOMAN
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