PP/GC/PO/196 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning his being unable to use the messenger Crotch as he had been sent to Vienna to carry French despatches, 19 May 1834
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], Therapia, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he complains that he had asked messenger Crotch to stand by and await his despatch at Semlin and he now discovers that Crotch has been sent to Vienna carrying the French dispatches. Ponsonby hopes he will not be blamed for the delay in news from Persia because of this inconvenience over messengers. "If I had not had Haveland here and had sent the last dispatches by a common messenger they would have been not only delayed but exposed". He hopes that Palmerston can organise this matter, he is loath to go directly to Lamb lest he sees it as criticism. Ponsonby has been reading with interest the repeal debates, especially Tennent's "admirable" speech. He trusts that Palmerston has not forgotten Alexander Pisani. 19 May 1834 This letter is marked: "Private". Palmerston has written in pencil on the docket: "How stands the arrangt about messengers at present ? P." The parliamentary debate mentioned in this letter took place on 24 April 1834 and is reported in HANSARD vol. 22, third series pp. 1288-1352.
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Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey
Crotch: messenger, courier
Semlin: Yugoslavia
Persia: Iran
Sir Frederick Lamb, later first Baron Beauvale and third Viscount Melbourne, British ambassador at Vienna
Alexander Pisani, dragoman to the British embassy at Constantinople
James Emerson Tennent, Member of Parliament for Belfast
Parliamentary debates, Repeal of the union with Ireland motion by Daniel O'Connell to appoint a Committee to enquire into the effects of the union [of Ireland to the United Kingdom], Ireland independence
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