PP/GC/CA/246 Letter from Lord Stratford de Redcliffe to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning Lord Dudley's visit to Turkey, and the possibility of war over Poland, 11 February 1854
Letter from Stratford Canning, first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, [British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Constantinople, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "I hope Lord Dudley has made a good report of us all. He seemed much pleased with his visit, and it was a real gratification to me as well on his own account as on yours to afford him all the facilities [f.1v] I could. His language and conduct here, as far as they are known to me, corresponded entirely with what you led me to expect. If things move on, as they seem inclined to do, his friends will probably have their turn in due season; but I observe with satisfaction that even Zamoyski, who is now here, is not disposed to commit the old blunder of running [f.2r] prematurely ahead. Surely I am not wrong in thinking that Europe will never go to war for Poland, but \ when it is / once at war for other reasons, Poland may take its position and find opportunities leading to success. I entertained no doubt of your sentiments on the pending question. I too am persuaded that more resolution in earlier stages of the quarrel would [f.2v] have given peace a better chance. That hope lost, we have to look for a remedy in determined and vigorous measures capable of producing results commensurate with the interests at stake and the sacrifices we shall be called upon to make. If Bruin [Russia] shews pluck, he will give us plenty of trouble, but it will be our own faults if we do not pare his claws for many a day to come." 11 Feb 1854 This letter is marked: "Private".
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Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, army, troops, soldiers
Colonel Wladislaw Zamoyski, Hungarian nationalist in the Turkish army
Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart, Member of Parliament for Marylebone
Crimean war: preliminaries
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