PP/GC/CA/234 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the Viceroy of Egypt and his relations with the Porte, and the appointment of Constantine Musurus as Turkish ambassador at London, 6 April 1851
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at] Constantinople, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he is doing all he can in the circumstances for Abbas Pasha, who does not have any positive qualities about him. "Mr Murray, with plenty of good intentions and no lack of intelligence puts me at times in mind of old Talleyrand's protest against zeal." The Porte, although denying it, is trying to regain power in Egypt at the expense of the Pasha and his family. If Abbas does not listen to Murray's advice to avoid scandal and show respect to the Sultan, he will not survive. This is the only way Abbas will escape the plots of Artim Bey against him and the rumours of the same by Reschid Pasha. Reschid claims that someone from Egypt was sent to poison him. He also says that it is up to Canning to decide whether Artim Bey is to stay in Constantinople or not. He hopes that Palmerston did not disapprove of Canning using his influence to have Musurus appointed as Turkish ambassador at London. He will be of positive use to Britain and hopes to receive a warm welcome from Palmerston. Musurus will be in contact "in private" with his father-in-law, who is the ex-Prince of Samos. 6 Apr 1851 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
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Sir Charles Augustus Murray, British consul general to Egypt
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Grand Vizier
Aali Pasha, alias Ali Pacha, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Great Britain: relations with Turkey
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Great Britain: relations with Egypt
Abbas Pasha, Viceroy or Pasha of Egypt
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Perigord, Prince de Benevent, former French ambassador at London
Artim Bey or Artin Bey, former Egyptian Minister for Foreign and Commercial Affairs
Constantine Musurus or Masurus, Turkish ambassador at London
Diplomatic appointments
Stephen Vogorides, Prince of Samos
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