PP/GC/CA/93 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding suggested policies for Greece, 21 November 1831
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople], Paris, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the provincial government of Greece needs the authority and money to pay the disaffected troops in order to prevent looting, piracy and civil war. Mr Eynard thinks that fifteen or twenty thousand pounds should be sent urgently to Nauplia, seat of the Greek government. As to a new leader for Greece, the nomination of a prince, however hasty, will probably still take a year to achieve and perhaps a viceroy can be appointed in the meantime; "some officer of experience and high character, to act provisionally in the name of the allies [Greece, Russia and France] and to prepare a fit reception for the future sovereign". Lord Durham is in Paris and has been discussing this idea with Mr Eynard and will submit it to Lord Grey. Sebastiani and the King of France both mentioned their intention of sending an ambassador to Turkey [to negotiate the Greek borders] but Canning does not think that any ambassador will be sent in time to interfere with him. Canning has sent David Urquhart on to the [Grand] Vizier with a letter and means to follow as soon as possible. 21 Nov 1831 This letter is marked: "Private" and was received on 24 November 1831
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on a special mission to Constantinople
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Nauplia, later Navplion, Greece
Agostino, Count Capodistrias, head of Greek provisional government
Ioannis Kolettes or Kolettis, member of Greek provisional government and leader of political movement and the Rumeliot troops
Greece: civil war
Jean Gabriel Eynard, philhellene and campaigner for the liberation of Greece
Government; National Assembly; Greece
John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham, Lord Privy Seal
Charles Grey, second Earl Grey, Prime Minister
Francois Horace Bastien, Comte Sebastiani, French Minister for Foreign Affairs
Louis Philippe I, King of the French
Reschid Muhammad Pasha, alias Reshid Mehmed, Grand Vizier
David Urquhart, secretary to the British embassy in Constantinople
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