PP/GC/PO/139 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the battles between Egyptian and Turkish forces, the report from Vienna on the Russian stand, news of the Russian fleet sent to the Sultan's aid and the best route to send letters from Britain to Constantinople, 4 February 1833
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, [outgoing British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Naples], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he finds that the weather is too bad for him to visit the `Actaeon' let alone embark [to travel to Constantinople to take up his post]. Palmerston assumes from the Paris papers that Palmerston heard the news by about 15 January of the skirmishes between Ibrahim Pasha and the Grand Vizier, and by 20 January received news of "the great battle". He thus expects to hear from Palmerston almost immediately. Rothschild has written from Vienna to his brother in Naples that the Russian government will not intervene in Turkish affairs if France, Austria and England settle the matter. Ponsonby hopes to hear, the following day, more definite news from Vienna on this story. "The reports sent by Rothschild always deserve to be communicated." The report that the Tsar is to send a large fleet and army to aid the Sultan against Mehemet Ali, comes directly from St Petersburg. The Tsar is determined to take these actions as he considers "Mehemet Pasha too much in the interests of France." He is sending this letter by private messenger rather than by post, so thinks it "as well to repeat the stories of this place". The speediest way for letters to reach Constantinople, except by way of a messenger, will be by Marseilles to Malta, and from there to Smyrna where the consul can send any letter by land, or direct ships going to Constantinople to forward a letter from the Dardanelles if the wind is unfavorable, as it often is for proceeding up the Sea of Marmora. 4 Feb 1833 The letter is marked: "Private" and arrived on 14 February 1833.
Two papers, one of which is the cover
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John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, outgoing British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Naples: credentialed as British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte; Turkey
Ottoman-Egyptian war, the invasion of Syria by Egypt
Solomon Meyer Rothschild, head of Vienna bank of Rothschild
Carl Meyer, Baron de Rothschild, head of Naples bank of Rothschild
Tsar Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia
Ibrahim Pasha
Battle of Konieh: defeat by Ibrahim Pasha of Turkish forces under Reschid Pasha in December 1832
Marseilles: France
Mahmud II, Ottoman Sultan
Reschid Muhammad Pasha alias Reshid Mehmed Pasha
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