PP/GC/CA/300 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, concerning the Hungarian refugees detained in Turkey, the recall of the Turkish ambassador from London, the readiness of British gunners for the Turkish navy, and his opinion of the Egyptian ministery, 8 December 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]<P> " I am very sorry we have not made much more way about the release, or at all events the removal, of the poor Hungarians, but I have not been so long in public life not to know what uphill work it is to have to do with weak and timid men. I believe weakness and irresolution are, on the whole, the worst faults that statesmen can have, a man of energy may make a wrong decision but, like a strong horse that carries you rashly into a quagmire, he brings you by his sturdiness out of difficulty. [f.1v] But why is it impossible to get from Kutayah to Broussa in the winter ? Would not the inconvenience of the journey be less than the discomfort of staying at Kutayah ?<P> I am glad Mehemet Pasha is employed: he seems a man of energy, and his acquaintance with Christian countries fit him for infusing a better spirit into Turkish administration. It would be best for the Porte to send somebody here who could speak French: a mere Turk who can only converse through an interpreter is in London like a castaway man among savages. Such men as Chekib and Sarim and Nourri are of little use except to sign protocols and treaties put before them for that purpose.<P> [f.2r] I have written to Baring about the gunners that he may be ready, if the Sultan asks for them.<P> Abbas Pasha is no doubt what you say, that is, a blackguard, but he certainly is not a Frenchman, which I am very sure Artim is and which Abbas's successor, if he is removed, might be and probably would be. I do not rely wholly on consular opinions, but compare them with facts; and at all events intelligent men, by whatever title called, who have had personal opportunities of seeing and judging of the character and tendencies of the ruler of a province, are likely to be not far wrong in their conclusions."<P> 8 Dec 1850: contemporary copy <P> This is the reply to PP/GC/CA/227.
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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: decline, "sick man of Europe"
Hungary, invasion by Russia: refugees, exiles
Abdul Mejid, alias Abd al-Majid, Ottoman Sultan
Mehemed Pasha, alias Mehemet Pasha, Ottoman seraskier or Minister for War, former Turkish ambassador at London
Diplomatic appointments
Europeanisation of Turkey, orientalism
Chekib Effendi, former Turkish minister at London
Sarim, ?former attache at the Turkish embassy in London
Nourri, alias Nouri Effendi, former Turkish minister at Paris and at London
Sir Francis Thornhill Baring, later first Baron Northbrook, First Lord of the Admiralty, formerly Chancellor of the Exchequer
Abbas Pasha, Viceroy or Pasha of Egypt
Sir Charles Augustus Murray, consul general at Cairo
French relations with Turkey
French relations with Egypt
Artim Bey, alias Artin Bey, former Egyptian Minster for Foreign and Commercial Affairs
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