PP/GC/CA/206 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the Russian threat to Turkey, Persian border disputes and the movement against the Porte's administrative reforms in Bosnia, 30 March 1850
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at] Constantinople, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the Turkish ministers with whom he spoke that morning have not heard any "warlike" news from Russia and so were not aware of an immediate threat. Canning has urged them to be on their guard and improve their military and naval defences. The Seraskier Pasha, in a positive expression of good will, offered to put the Ottoman navy at Britain's disposal, as he felt the Russian preparations were directed against Britain. Canning is worried about an escalation of the Persian border dispute with Turkey over Mohammera. He is also concerned about ?Kotoon of which the Persians would have complained "if Persia were not providentially out of breath". Canning forwards Colonel Sheil's despatches on the subject. Turkey has acted wrongly by temporarily occupying the disputed land, but the border commissioners will do something about it. "The movement, or rather the preface to a movement, against the Porte in Bosnia appears to be solely attributable to the reluctance of the great Turkish proprietors to be saddled with the new system of administration."
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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
Muhammad Ali Pasha, seraskier or Turkish minister of war
Turkey: relations with Great Britain
Turkey: relations with Russia
Russia: relations with Great Britain
Mohammera, Persia, later Khurramshashr, alias Khorramabad, Iran
Persia: border dispute with Turkey, border commissioners
Treaty of Erzerum
Colonel Justin Sheil, later Sir Justin Sheil, British minister at Teheran
Tanzimat; Turkish reform movement; westernisation
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