PP/GC/CA/223 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about events at Mount Lebanon, 2 October 1850
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "Referring to my dispatch, number 296, of this day's date I forward herewith an additional instruction addressed by me to Mr Pisani on the subject of Emin Effendi's alleged proceedings in Mount Lebanon. Though I am not altogether surprized at the irritation betrayed by Aali Pasha, I do not think it safe [f.1v] to leave his indulgence of it entirely without check. I need not tell your lordship that the management of all that relates to teh government of Mount Lebanon is one of our greatesst never-failing difficulties in this country. It required much exertion, perseverance and resolution to establish the present arrangement, which has had the effect of keeping the mountain in a state of tranquillity and internal self government during several years. This improved \ state of things / has not, [f.2r] however prevented the commission of crimes or destroyed the spirit of intrigue. Manoeuvring in one quarter, suspicions in another, and passions kindled by ambition, interest or zeal in some degree everywhere, leave little room for sober appreciation of facts and that habitual discrimination between appearances and realities, inclinations and intentions, which is so necessary for maintaining the balance of adverse wishes and conflicting rights. The object of which I never lose sight is the preservation of the existing administration and judicial [f.2v] system with as little disturbance or excitement on the spot and as little irritation and controversy here as the nature of the elements composing it will allow. A continuance of success in the course of conduct must ultimately depend not only on your lordship's support, but also on the steady ..plexing cooperation in a similar spirit of the consuls at Beyruit." 2 Oct 1850 The letter is marked: "Private and confidential". Palmerston has written in pencil at the end of the letter: "Put on record". Enclosed is a copy, in the hand of a secretary, of an extract from the instructions from Sir Stratford Canning to Pisani, dragoman at the British embassy at Constantinople: [Transcript] [f.3r] "I shall be glad to have the copy of Aali's letter to Emin Effendi, as soon as you can obtain it. Though I put entire confidence in the correctness of the Pasha's answer to my communication, I cannot help suspecting that the Effendi's language and proceedings are not always sufficiently guarded. Having to deal with suspicious and intriguing people, who have suffered much during late events, and who, on that account, naturally refer to the consuls, he ought to be particularly careful as to what he says and does, and he ought to confine himself strictly to the special object of his mission. The manner in which [f.3v] he appears to have received Mr Urquhart into his confidence and society was not creditable, under the circumstances, to his discretion. I hope that Aali will write to Vamik Pasha also on the subject of Mr Moore's complaint. I do my best to keep the consuls in a reasonable state of mind, and the Pasha will observe that in the present instance Mr Moore wrote to me without applying either to Emin Effendi or to Vamik Pasha. It must also be admitted that the claims on Said Djoumbelat's property and the proposed commission, were enough to give occasion to much anxiety and suspicion. An idea prevailed that he was to be arrested by Emin Effendi's order, which, however [f.4r] untrue, increased, naturally enough, the unfavorable impressions. It is unfortunate that a man of Emin Effendi's alleged merit should not have been more successful in conciliating confidence and esteem in the country where he is employed. It appears that his name has long been regarded as a token of ill omen in Mount Lebanon." 20 Sep 1850: 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
Aali Pasha, alias Ali Pacha, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Pisani, dragoman to the British embassy at Constantinople
Emin Effendi
Mount Lebanon; Beirut
Vamik Pasha, Governor of Syria
Said Djoumbelat
Mr Moore, ?of the British consular staff at Mount Lebanon
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