PP/GC/CA/252 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, with instructions on how to conduct negotiations with the Sublime Porte [on recognizing the borders of Greece], 16 November 1831: contemporary copy
Copy, in the hand of a secretary, of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Office, London, to Sir Stratford Canning, [British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Constantinople]: he has sent all the instructions which Canning wanted. The London conference had met that day and drawn up a protocol conforming to Canning's proposals. Talleyrand had wanted the protocol to include a request for a French ambassador to be sent [to Turkey] but Palmerston had said that French diplomatic appointments were a matter for the French government. When Canning reaches Paris and talks to Sebastiani he should try to undermine the idea of a French ambassador. The fact that Talleyrand wanted to put the ambassador in the protocol seems to suggest that the French government is not inclined to agree to the idea.<P> Palmerston has no further instructions on how to conduct the negotiations; Canning must use his own judgement to act in the way most likely for the negotiations to succeed.<P> 16 Nov 1831: contemporary copy <P> The letter is marked: "Private"
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople to obtain recognition of Greek borders
Greek borders settlement
London Conference of the three protecting powers [of Greece] France, Britain and Russia
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, Prince de Benevent, French ambassador and delegate to the London Conference
Andre Josef, Count Matuscevitz or Matuszewic, Russian delegate to the London Conference
Diplomatic appointments
Francois Horace Bastien, Comte Sebastiani, French Minister for Foreign Affairs
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