PP/GC/PO/192 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning his wish for Admiral Roussin to stay as French ambassador to Constantinople, 29 April 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 thinks that Admiral Roussin will not accept the navy post the French government have offered him and will stay in Constantinople, which will be advantageous to England. Roussin is honest, respected by the Porte and committed to the diplomatic union between France and England. The harmonious relationship between Ponsonby and Roussin is a refutation to those such as Sturmer who claim that France and England are not in agreement. Ponsonby does not think he would have such a good working relationship with another man in Roussin's place, especially someone working under Rigny. Rigny, has his own ideas about Turkey and is not well disposed towards Roussin. Ponsonby would like Palmerston to use his influence to halt the recall of Roussin. The French ministry is not likely to last above two months and Rigny will probably lose his post, which he only gained by intrigue. Rigny imagines he had knowledge of Turkey but is actually very ignorant and it would be a bad thing to have a new French ambassador in such a situation. 29 Apr 1834 This letter is marked: "Private".
Two papers, punched for disinfection.
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Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey
Diplomatic appointments: France
Admiral Albin Reine, Baron Roussin, French ambassador at Constantinople
Bartholomeus, Baron von Sturmer, internuncio or Austrian ambassador at Constantinople
Henri Gauthier, Comte de Rigny, French admiral and Minister for Foreign Affairs
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