Title:
PP/GC/CA/308 Copy of a letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Sir S.Canning, concerning Monsieur Lavalette's leave of absence from his post as French ambassador at Constantinople, and the Porte's gift of horses for the French President, 1 December 1851: contemporary copy
Date:
01/12/1851
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:<P> [Transcript]<P> "Lavallette may represent his going away on leave of absence as a mark of the displeasure of the French government at the conduct of the Porte on the question of the holy buildings, but I happens to know that he has had leave of absence sent him because the French government thought he had gone too far, and they considered his temporary absence on leave as likely to be the best way of letting the question drop down into its proper proportions.<P> [f.1v] Say nothing about this unless you find Reschid frightened and then you may whisper it gently and secretly into his ear.<P> [Postscript]<P> You were quite right in advising Lavallette to accept the horses for the President, first for reasons peculiar to the particular case and next on the general diplomatic maxim: toujours prendre, jamais rendre et encore pretendre."<P> 1 Dec 1851: contemporary copy <P> This letter is marked: "Confidential". The word has been crossed out in pencil, which is likely to be an instruction not to include it in the published edition of the letter.
Related:
The letter is printed, without the postscript in Evelyn Ashley LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF LORD PALMERSTON, vol. 2, pp. 191-2, (London 1879)
Extent:
One paper
License:
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Subject:
Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte
Diplomatic appointments
Holy places dispute; access to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Marquis de Lavalette, French envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Reschid Mustapha Pasha, alias Reshid Mustafa Pasha, Ottoman Grand Vizier
Prince Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, President of France
Diplomacy; diplomatic protocol; present giving, gifts
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