PP/GC/CA/291 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, concerning some Turkish ships visiting Portsmouth, Hungarians and Poles serving in the Turkish army, and furniture for the British embassy at Constantinople, 7 June 1850: contemporary copy
Copy, in the hand of a secretary, of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, Foreign Office, Whitehall, London, to Sir Stratford Canning, ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople: the objection of Sir Francis Baring was that Turkish ships should come to Portsmouth for regular instruction. "If we opened a school for Turkey, we should be called upon to do so for other friends also; and moreover the Turks might perhaps teach as well as learn, and there are some things which we would not wish them to teach to our people. Therefore, the shorter their visit the better pleased our naval men will be."<P> The Poles and Hungarians appointed to the Turkish army were given their posts as an act of charity, but their experience in warfare and the movement of troops should be of real use to the Turks.<P> Palmerston will expedite the order for furniture [for the British embassy at Constantinople].<P> 7 Jun 1850: contemporary copy <P> This letter is the reply to PP/GC/CA/214.
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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: navy
Hungary, Magyars, invasion by Russia; refuges, exiles
Sir Francis Thornhill Baring, later first Baron Northbrook, First Lord of the Admiralty, formerly Chancellor of the Exchequer
British embassy at Constantinople, ambassador's residence: furnishings, equipment
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