PP/GC/PO/151 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning a request for information from the Syrian consul general about Mehemet Ali, 9 July 1833
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Colonel Campbell has asked Ponsonby to recommend to Palmerston his proposition that the consul general of Syria be ordered to give Campbell information relating to Mehemet Ali. Ponsonby thinks this is a reasonable idea, especially considering the accusations made against the Syrian consul general. Farren, the consul general sent Ponsonby no information about Syria, a country "which is now a point of so much importance". Mr Mandeville had received a letter from the Syrian consul but it was "a sort of discussion of the consul's own opinions touching radicalism and so forth: "a matter of very little importance, I imagine, to His Majesty's government".p> 9 Jul 1833 p> This letter is marked: "Private" and was received on 2 August 1833. Palmerston has written in pencil on the docket: "Nb. This was already done."p>
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John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Campbell, British consul general and agent at Alexandria
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Muhammad Ali, alias Mehemet Ali, Pasha of Egypt
John William Perry Farren, British consul general at Damascus
John Henry Mandeville, secretary of the British embassy at Constantinople
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