PP/GC/PO/169 Copy of instructions by Lord Ponsonby to his dragoman, Frederic Pisani, concerning the proposed treaty between Russia and Turkey, 6 June 1833: contemporary copy
Copy of a letter, in the hand of a secretary, from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, to Frederic Pisani, dragoman: he forgot when writing earlier that day to Pisani to talk about the proposed treaty between Turkey and Russia. Ponsonby thinks that the proposed treaty is of no advantage to the Turks. Turkey should not tie herself to one side when she cannot foresee the future. Russia has her own interests at heart, and would [as it has already done] take Turkey under her protection when Turkey asks whether there is a treaty or not. Ponsonby wishes to send a messenger about this matter on Saturday [8 June 1833] and hopes to have heard back from Pisani by then. Pisani should find out the basis of the Reis Effendi's belief that Russian troops are marching from Silistria and when it happened. What does Austria think of this ? Pisani should emphasise to the Reis Effendi that having a treaty is more important to Russia than to support Turkey militarily and when signed will be a greater deterrent than that of arms, which he believes that Russia is not willing to use. 6 Jun 1833: contemporary copy
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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
Ottoman empire, Sublime Porte
Silistria or Silistra: Bulgaria
Treaty of Unkiar Skelessi or Hunkar Iskelesi between Russia and Turkey, signed on 8 July 1833
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