Title:
PP/GC/CA/290 Memorandum on the salaries and lengths of service of the dragomans employed at the British embassy at Constantinople, 10 May 1850
Date:
10/05/1850
Content:
Foreign Office memorandum on the dragomans employed at the British embassy at Constantinople. It gives the names of the dragomans: [Francis] Chabert; [Antonio] Pisani; [Frederick] Pisani; [Robert] Chabert; [Stephen] Pisani; [Henry] Simmons and Count [Alexander] Pisani, together with a note of their date of appointment, length of service and salary; it includes details of how the salaries are calculated and an explanation of the dragoman system, originating from the Levant Company. "The establishment now consists of six dragomans and one student. The two senior dragoman have long been worn out and it is supposed that they are able to do little or nothing. The dates of their appointments as students cannot be ascertained, but they have held the appointments of dragomans respectively 51 and 53 years." It notes the current situation and the attempt by the Foreign Office to replace the dragoman service with young English gentlemen from Oxford and Cambridge universities, educated in oriental languages. The attaches at Constantinople are: Mr Alison, Lord W.Clinton; Mr Wood; Mr Doria; Mr Smythe; Mr Hughes and Mr Layard; their salaries and appointments are given.<P> 10 May 1850
Extent:
Two papers
License:
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Subject:
Diplomatic appointments
Levant Company
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Charles Alison, oriental secretary at the British embassy at Constantinople
Lord William Pelham Clinton, attache at the British embassy at Constantinople
Richard Wood, attache at the British embassy at Constantinople
Percy Smythe, attache at the British embassy at Constantinople
T.F.Hughes, attache at the British embassy at Constantinople
Austen Henry Layard later Sir Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist and traveller, attache at the British embassy at Constantinople, later Parliamentary Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs
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