Title:
PP/GC/CA/307 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston to Sir S.Canning, concerning negotiations of the P. and O. Steamship Company for the concessions to build a railway from Cairo to Suez, 9 July 1851
Date:
09/07/1851
Content:
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: he apologises for delaying in his reply to Canning's letter to him of 31 May 1851, which enclosed the copy of the letter from Howell to Haireddin Pasha [negotiating about building a railway in Egypt]. Haireddin had claimed that Mr Wilcox, [managing director of the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company], had authority from Palmerston to handle the negotiations. Palmerston had actually merely told the Turkish ambassador at London that the Porte could not stop the Viceroy of Egypt from building the railway. The Porte could not send its army to Egypt by land [in protest] and if it sent its fleet to Alexandria, the Admiral of the Fleet, Sir William Parker, would repulse it. Palmerston told the Turkish ambassador that he could tell this to his government if he wanted.<P> 9 Jul 1851: contemporary copy <P> This letter is the reply to PP/GC/CA/238.
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Subject:
Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
D.Howell, secretary of the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte
British relations with Egypt
Egypt: transport, train, railways, communications
Haireddin Pasha
William Wilcox, managing director of the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company, formerly of Wilcox and Anderson Shipping Company
Abbas Pasha, Viceroy or Pasha of Egypt
Constantine Musurus or Masurus, Turkish ambassador at London
Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company
Admiral Sir William Parker, Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean
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