PP/GC/CA/241 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning anxiety about Russian and Austrian intrigues in Serbia, the Sultan's discomposure at the arrival of the British fleet at Alexandria and the meetings in London about Egypt, 22 November 1851
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, [Turkey], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he hopes that Palmerston will permit Mr Alston, Canning's agent at the office, deliver a letter to him. The French and British consuls at Belgrade are very apprehensive about Austrian and Russian intrigues in Serbia: "what I learn from other quarters does not exceed that degree of underhand movement which may be explained by the preparation of partizans speculating on the expected outbreaks of 1852, or of the great northern powers themselves". From those he has seen, Canning has found that the French consul at Belgrade writes with "heat and speculation" in his despatches. It is uncertain how correct is intelligence has been. The Sultan is not happy at the arrival of the British battle ships, including the `Vengence,' at Alexandria, or the meeting in London about Egypt. The Porte suspects a plot, and claims that the meetings were financed by Egypt. This, however, is not proven, although the London press is certainly influenced by friends of the Egyptian Viceroy, with some official sanction. "I only hope that the prompt transmission of the firman will have deprived the fire of its essential fuel." 22 Nov 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
Francis Beilby Alston, Foreign Office clerk of the second class
Julian, Count Fonblanque, British consul general at Belgrade
Monsieur Segur Dupeyron, French consul at Belgrade
Balkans, Austria, Russia, Serbia or Servia
Marquis de Lavalette, French envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
`Vengence': British battle ship, navy, fleet
Alexandria, Egypt
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Great Britain: relations with Turkey
Great Britain: relations with Egypt
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Grand Vizier
Abbas Pasha, Pasha or Viceroy of Egypt
British press, public opinion
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