PP/GC/PO/215 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the arrival of Michael Quin in Constantinople, the abilities of David Urquhart, and reports of unrest in England, 19 October 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: Mr Quin has arrived and brought him Palmerston's letter. He introduced Quin to Urquhart as requested. Ponsonby has tried to educate Mr Quin in the situation in Turkey, but he thinks that David Urquhart would have been a better writer for the MORNING CHRONICLE than Quin. The news about Turkey which reached the London papers is full of lies and "absolutely contemptible". Ponsonby tried to show Quin the importance of the situation in Turkey to England, particularly in view of the fact that the paper seemed to follow the government line. Quin was "ignorant as a child could be of everything connected with these affairs, and as he had not the air of an inspired man, I presume he would hardly have comprehended me, had I been gifted with the perspicuity of expression, angels of old employed in foretelling the fate of Britain." Quin told Ponsonby about the state of English affairs in such an alarmist manner to make it seem as if England was on the brink of civil war, all of which has not given Ponsonby a high opinion of Quin's interpretation of facts. 19 Oct 1834 This letter is marked: "Private".
Two papers, punched for disinfection
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Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey: arms, defence, army, military, navy
Michael Joseph Quin: writer and traveller, frequent contributor to the MORNING CHRONICLE on matters of foreign policy
David Urquhart, later secretary of the British embassy at Constantinople, known in Turkey as Daoud Bey
Press, media, correspondents, writers, journalists, newspapers, public opinion
Pera: Turkey
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