PP/GC/CA/293 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, concerning the slow progress of reform in Turkey and the question of David Urquhart journeying in the east, 7 August 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:<P> [Transcript]<P> "I am sorry to hear so indifferent an account of 'progress' in Turkey as that which your letter of 19 July contains. I will exhort through the ambassador here. But how is it supposed that a foreign loan would help the Porte ? Would not such a loan add, by the amount of its interest and sinking fund, to the burthens of the state, and would there not be a danger that a large part of it would somehow or other find its way into the pockets of private individuals ? As to Douad [f.1v] Pasha or Daoud Effendi [David Urquhart], he has, I think, lost all power of doing mischief here, and perhaps that may be the reason why he tarries in the east; or may be he thinks that as the wise men are said to have come from thence, he may pick up there some of that wisdom which he so much lacks; but the Arabs have a proverb which says you may send a jackass to Mecca and he will come back a jackass still."<P> 7 Aug 1850: contemporary copy
The letter is printed Evelyn Ashley THE LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF LORD PALMERSTON, (London 1879), pp. 167-8
One paper, numbered "40" in red pencil
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte
Mehemed Pasha, alias Mehemet Pasha, Turkish ambassador at London
Tanzimat; Turkish reform movement; westernisation, trade, economy
David Urquhart, formerly assistant at Sir Stratford Canning's mission in Constantinople
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