PP/GC/CA/251 Letter from Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to introduce to him Sulyman Bey, 25 September 1864
Letter from Stratford Canning, first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, Upleatham, Redcar, Yorkshire, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he had a visit recently from Sulyman Bey, a former aide de camp to the Sultan, and still in the Porte's employment. He was seeking an introduction to Palmerston. When Canning was in Constantinople, Sulyman Bey used to bring him secret information. Sulyman Bey is honest and intelligent: he was educated in England and can pass easily in the best English society, even though he is a Turkish Muslim. Sulyman told Canning that he had seen Musurus in London but did not divulge to him the object of his secret mission, which is "of public importance and extreme private delicacy". Palmerston is to be the first to be told of it, because Sulyman trusts him and it might cause Bey embarrassment to tell anyone in the Foreign Office directly. Canning thinks that it is worth Palmerston's while to receive Sulyman, "though he may look to his own interests, I am persuaded that he has nothing personal to ask of you". Sulyman was to return to London via Sheffield. Canning has promised to inform him if Palmerston will receive him, if so, the arrangements for the meeting. Canning is staying with the Zetlands, at least until the end of September [1864]. Panizzi is there too and wishes Palmerston well. 25 Sep 1864 The letter is marked: "Private confidential". Palmerston has written at the foot of the letter: "Answered by me. P. 26/9/64." 25 Sep 1864
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Stratford Canning, first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, former British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Sulyman Bey, former aide de camp to the Ottoman Sultan
Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey
Constantine Musurus, alias Masurus, Ottoman ambassador at London
Anthony Panizzi, chief librarian of the British Museum
Thomas Dundas, second Earl of Zetland
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