PP/GC/PO/187 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning an enclosed letter from the Russian ambassador to Vienna to his counterpart in Turkey about Russian relations to Turkey and of a softening of the hostile attitude of France and England to this relationship, 27 February 1834
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], [Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he encloses a copy of a letter from the Russian ambassador to Austria to Baron Ruckmann. 27 Feb 1834 This letter is marked: "Private". It was received on the 29 May 1834. The docket erroneously says the enclosed letter is from "M. Bassi", a misreading of "the Russian" ambassador. Enclosed is a copy of a letter, in French, from Demitri Pavlovich Tatischev, Russian ambassador to Vienna, Vienna, to Baron Ruckman, Russian charge d'affaires at Constantinople: an absence of a few days from Vienna prevented him from replying by the last post to the despatch which announced Ruckman's elevation to be charge d'affaires at Constantinople. He hopes that Ruckman will allow Tatischev to continue with him, the correspondence that he had been having with Monsieur Bouteneff. He had received that day a despatch from Ruckman dated 26 December 1833 and thanked Ruckman for the many interesting ideas that were included, particularly on the internal affairs of Turkey, and the establishment of diplomatic relations with Austria and the new state of Greece. The principle attention of the allied governments continues to revolve around the groundless hostility of the English position vis a vis the Eastern question and in which she was at first managing to involve France. The French cabinet was in their last session showing signs of much less eagerness to share in every respect with her ally [England], on that day her language on this question could not have been better [for Russia and Austria]. In the last news from London it was supposed that Lord Palmerston, himself had abandoned the absurd claims that he had at first put forward, the difficulty for him is to withdraw with honour in Parliament from the position in which he was misleading them. This result was bound to the steadfastness and of the political freedom of the Tsar. The perfectly identical views of the two Emperors overall and their union concerning the Eastern question in particular, was a contributory factor to the enlightenment of the English cabinet. The ? reports which Ruckman was asking about with Baron Sturmer, supplied proof of the boundless confidence that exists between the two cabinets and it is recommended that the representatives of these two countries will treat subsequent situations with similar understanding. 15 Jan 1834: contemporary copy
Two papers, punched for disinfection and tied together with blue ribbon.
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Pyotr Ivanovich, Baron Ruckmann, Russian charge d'affaires at Constantinople
Dmitri Pavlovich Tatischev, Russian ambassador at Vienna
Apollinariy Petrovich Buteniev, alias Butenev, Russian ambassador at Constantinople
Greece: diplomatic relations
Tsar Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia
Francis I, Emperor of Austria, previously known as Francis II
Bartholomeus, Baron von Sturmer, internuncio or Austrian ambassador at Constantinople
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