PP/GC/PO/209 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the cost of muskets for the Turkish army, new residence for the ambassador at Constantinople, the reduction of Russian influence in Turkey, Russian control over Danubian provinces particularly Silestria, 17 August 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 needs to know how many and which muskets could be sent to the Sultan, brown barrelled ones are not much liked but if they could be had for seventeen shillings it would undercut other estimates and would sell. An economical plan would be to get a house and garden in Therapia for a new ambassador’s residence, in exchange for the muskets. The land from the old house at Pera could be sold, a portion could be kept if desired, and the purchase money could be used to restore and furnish the Therapia house or even having a pied de terre at Pera. The whole scheme would not cost the Treasury anything. The influence of the Russians over the Sultan is lessening, the Sultan would be encouraged in this if he could be reassured of British support for this stance. The Sultan has to be careful as he can never be fully free of Russia whilst she has so much control over the Principalities and Silestria. 17 Aug 1834 This letter is marked: "Private". It arrived on 8 September 1834.
Two papers
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Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey: army, weapons, defence, artillery, guns, muskets, equipment
Mahmud II, Sultan
British embassy building or ambassador’s residence for Constantinople, at Pera, proposed building at Therapia
Silistria or Silistra: Bulgaria
Danubian Principalities, Balkans
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