PP/GC/CA/298 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, concerning French intrigues in Egypt, 22 November 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, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople: he is sending Canning a copy of a letter received from Charles Murray, the British consul at Egypt, about the intrigues of the French consul against the British plans to build a railway from Alexandria to Cairo. This route would be more useful and more likely of success than the former scheme for a railway from Cairo to Suez. "It would shorten quite as much, if not more, the time of passage to India and it would be of very great advantage to commerce by securing merchandize from the damage and plunder to which it is now liable in going up and down the Nile on the country boats."<P> The British and indeed the Sultan ought to protect Abbas, [Viceroy of Egypt], from "the intrigues of that rogue, Artim Bey, and his French coadjutors. It would be an act of suicidal folly on the part of the Sultan to remove Abbas; on the contrary, he ought to be encouraged and supported."<P> 22 Nov 1850: contemporary copy
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte: commerce, economy, trade, communications
Egypt: communication, transport, trains, railways, piracy
India: empire, colonial expansion, trade, communications
Abbas Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt
Sir Charles Augustus Murray, British consul general at Cairo
French relations with Turkey
French relations with Egypt
Artim, alias Artin Bey, former Egyptian Minister for Foreign and Commercial Affairs
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
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