PP/GC/PO/210 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning his agreement with David Urquhart to halt the Russian influence in Turkey, the need for a new ambassador's residence in Constantinople, Ponsonby's influence on the Porte, and withdrawal of British support from Mehemet Ali, 18 August 1834
Letter from John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he agrees with the sentiments in the letter which Urquhart sent Palmerston "that a blow ought to be struck against Russia without delay, if it be the policy of England to arrest her progress, and to secure the independence of Turkey." Britain has the ability to make Turkey and the Sultan do as she wishes, the seraskier would need to be replaced, but Ponsonby could arrange for this if Palmerston wished it. Ponsonby's living conditions are terrible and he hopes they could be improvedt with Palmerston's agreement to replace the present house with the Sultan's house at Therapia in exchange for arms. He will not spend any more money on repairing the current residence, which needs a great deal to be sound for the winter. He is proud of his influence in the Porte, which is the result of "plain dealing". Palmerston should consider changing his policy of supporting Mehemet Ali, he is despotic and only survives because of British support which he is no longer owed. 18 Aug 1834 This letter is marked: "Private". It arrived on 8 September 1834.
One paper, punched for disinfection.
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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
Husrev Mehmed Pasha, alias Chossrew Muhammad Pasha, Seraskier or Turkish Minister of War
Ibrahim Pasha, son of Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
David Urquhart, later secretary of the British embassy at Constantinople, known in Turkey as Daoud Bey
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