PP/GC/PO/152 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning a rumour that the Russians are to leave some of their troops and ships behind when they depart from Turkey, 22 June 1833
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has heard a rumour from the French ambassador that the Russians intend to leave 5,000 men and five ships behind when they withdraw from Turkey. The troop number quoted seem high, although it is likely that some grounds for the rumour may be included in a clause in the new treaty. "Our own practice in India has always been to leave a subsidiary force to take care of a protected nabob." Roussin seems to believe that there is something in the report. Ponsonby has not heard about it from anyone else. "If the thing be true, will Metternick consider the Russians guiltless of a breach of those engagements which he has declared he will not permit them to breach unless `The French complicate the affairs' ?"p> The General Post will leave this [place] in three or four days. He will write by that to Palmerston and Lamb if he receives confirmation of the rumour and hopes that Palmerston will send him some provisional instructions on the matter.p> Ponsonby and Roussin are united in the need for caution.p> 22 Jun 1833 p> This letter is marked: "Private". It arrived on 15 July 1833.
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John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Turkey; Ottoman empire; Sublime Porte
Admiral Albin Reine Roussin, French ambassador at Constantinople
Treaty of Unkiar Skelessi or Hunkar Iskelesi between Russia and Turkey, signed on 8 July 1833
Clemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Prince Metternich-Winneburg, Chancellor of Austria
Sir Frederick Lamb, later first Baron Beauvale and third Viscount Melbourne, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Vienna
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