PP/GC/PO/168 Copy of instructions from Lord Ponsonby to his dragoman, Frederic Pisani, concerning Pisani's mission to convince the Reis Effendi of England's support for Turkey, and Austrian support for Russia, 6 June 1833: contemporary copy
Copy of a letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, to Frederick Pisani, dragoman: [Transcript] "I have just received your letter, I hasten to answer it for I am impatient to tell you how entirely I approve of the reply you made to the Reis Effendi, which was entirely in the spirit of all the written and verbal instructions I have given, but received from yourself the greatest of all merit the a propos. I hope you will take the first opportunity to follow up what you have already done and will make the Reis Effendi feel how [f.1v] impossible it is that England can ever be a party to any such conspiracy against Turkey, not \ only / on account of the honourable character of her consuls but on account of her known and obvious interests, all of which, so far as Turkey considered individually, and Turkey considered in her relations with the balance of political and physical power in Europe and Asia also are ultimately connected with the independent sovereignty of the government of Turkey, and with the general prosperity of the country. You will dwell on this point of interest and show, as you are well able to do, how it operates, and you [f.2r] will tell the Reis Effendi, as you have before told him from me, that I make no professions on the part of any government because to persons acquainted with the true state of affairs, and the true interests of governments and nations. I cannot conceive a motive that could induce England to permit any power in the world to take such steps towards Turkey. Austria has too many motives to avoid doing anything of the sort if she knows her own interest. France will not, nor could her government induce the French people to permit such a thing [f.2v] to be done. No power can have anything of the sort even in contemplation, excepting that power whose diplomatic organ, the Reis Effendi says, has set forth the story of its being contemplated, and the Reis Effendi must know what credit is due to what comes from such ancient and such assured friends of Turkey, as the Russians have shown themselves to be. I have had from the Austrian minister very strong manifestations of his confidence in the sincerity of the professions of Count Orloff, and the intentions of the Russian [f.3r] government. He can hardly be ignorant of the truth, and I think it will be a strange thing, if, at the present conjunction, he has endeavoured by deceit to cast a useless disgrace upon himself. However, after all, we have on the side of confidence in profession, little more than the inclination of honest men to believe solemn assertions excepting always, so far as I am concerned, my firm conviction that, if Russia plays a false game now, Russia will be the victim (at least her sovereign) of her own duplicity. Russia cannot support a war [f.3v] England and France, or England alone fighting against the avowed enemies of the prevailing opinions of Europe, and the enslavers of Poland, aiming at the possession of a position, whose geographical place, and natural strength aided by the soil climate and air of the surrounding countries will give to a state, already so powerful, a gigantic and overwhelming force, against the independence of the greater part of Europe." 6 Jun 1833: contemporary copy
Two papers
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Akif Muhammad Effendi, alias Akiff Mehmed Pasha, Reis Effendi or Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Frederic Pisani, dragoman to the British embassy at Constantinople
Prince Alexis Feodorovich Orlov, alias Orloff, Russian ambassador extraordinary at Constantinople and Commander in Chief of the Russian troops in the Ottoman empire
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte
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