PP/GC/CA/226 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about the plight of the Hungarian refugees detained in Kutahya and expressing regret at the weakness of the Porte in dealing with the situation, 19 November 1850
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he knows that Palmerston is interested in the plight of the Hungarian refugees being detained at Kutahya, which is why he encloses information from Aali Pasha on the subject, as assigned by Canning's dragoman, Pisani, to his daily reports. "It is painful to see how in this and other matters the better feelings and larger policy of the Porte are overcast by the shadows of Reschid's constitutional timidity encouraged by the sympathetic weaknesses of his friend, Aali, to say nothing of the Sultan. We want a heart of sterner stuff in the Turkish council, but unfortunately such hearts are on the wrong side." 19 Nov 1850 The letter is marked: "Private". Enclosed is an extract from a report, in French, from Mr Pisani, [dragoman to the British embassy at Constantinople], Pera, to Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople]: Aali Pasha has said that the instructions of the Porte to Arif Effendi, the Turkish ambassador at Vienna, are worded in such a way as to sway the opinion of the Austrian cabinet and to persuade it to agree to the Turks' proposal to allow the Hungarian refugees to leave Kutahya. The Porte will consider what it will do if it receives a negative response from Austria when that time comes. The Turkish cabinet will debate at the earliest opportunity its next action if, by waiting [for the Austrian reply], it is impossible to deliver the refugees from Kutahia to Broussa [because of the weather]. The proposal which Aali made to Klezl to summon Count Batthyani to Constantinople, or at least to Broussa, has been referred to the Austrian court, and Prince Schwarzenberg has just replied that the Porte will make not make any change to the arrangements agreed between the two governments. 17 Nov 1850: contemporary copy [Postscript] Klezl has informed Aali Pasha that he is requesting him to wait two or three more weeks because he will probably have received a reply from Vienna on the subject of General Dembinski by then. 19 Nov 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
Tanzimat; Turkish reform movement; westernisation
Kutahya, alias Kiutahia or Kutahia, Turkey
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Grand Vizier
Mr Pisani, dragoman to the British embassy at Constantinople 0
Aali Pasha, alias Ali Pacha, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Refugees, exiles, fugitives from Hungary in Turkey
Russia: invasion of Hungary
Louis, alias Ludwig Count Batthyani or Batthyany
Arif Effendi, Turkish ambassador at Vienna
Felix, Prince Schwarzenberg, President of the Austrian Council of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs
General Henryk Dembinski, Polish nationalist
E.Klezl, charge d'affaires at the Austrian embassy at Vienna
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