PP/GC/CA/288 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, concerning the plight of the Hungarian refugees detained in Kutahia and authorising financial aid for them, and the rumoured conspiracy of the Austrians, 23 March 1850: contemporary copy
Copy, in the hand of a secretary, of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, Carlton Gardens, London, to Sir Stratford Canning, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople:<P> [Transcript]: "I have received your letter of 25 February and 7 March. I was very glad to have an opportunity in debate of doing justice to your management of the important matters you have had to deal with.<P> These poor Hungarians are much to be pitied; the first thing should be to take care of their personal safety; and it seems to me that the Porte ought without hesitation or ceremony to pack off these Croatians, male and female. No deference to Austria ought to prevent such an exercise of the right which every independent government professes [MS "progresses"] to require any foreigner to quit its dominions when there is good reason for preferring his absence to [f.1v] his presence. As to the reality of the conspiracy [to murder Kossuth], it is to be remarked that although the charge has been made against the Austrian government in English newspapers which circulate all over Europe, no denial has hitherto, as far as I am aware, * been made * appeared anywhere either in newspapers or in despatches.<P> With respect to the comfort of these Hungarians, you will, of course, continue to urge the Porte to do all it can, but Turkish notions of comfort at Kutahia may not be quite in accordance with European ideas, and I therefore authorise you to draw upon * up * S[ecret] S[ervice] account whatever moderate sum you may think it desirable to furnish these poor people with [f.2r] during their detention.<P> This is more especially needed as it appears that the ladies will remain with their husbands."<P> 23 Mar 1850: contemporary copy <P> The debate in the House of Commons is reported in HANSARD third series, vol. 108, pp. 496-9. Correspondence between Lord Dudley Stuart and Palmerston on the subject of the Hungarian refugees is contained in PP/GC/ST/144-50.
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey
Louis Kossuth, alias Lajos Kossuth, Hungarian nationalist leader
Refugees, exiles, fugitives from Hungary in Turkey
Public opinion, press, newspapers
Lord Dudley Stuart, Member of Parliament for Marylebone
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