Title:
PP/GC/PO/222 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning recompense for his agents, the Corporation bill, Ponsonby's influence over the Sultan in his dispute with Mehemet Ali, and the transfer of Mr Mandeville to Argentina, 27 September 1835
Date:
27/09/1835
Content:
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 informs Palmerston that he is going to draw five hundred pounds from the secret service funds to pay his agents for the work that Ponsonby told Palmerston about the previous year. He praises Palmerston for his handling of the House of Commons, which he read about in the papers dated 4 September 1835. Ponsonby states his opposition to the Corporation bill. Ponsonby boasts of the success of his mission to Constantinople and claims responsibility for the Sultan's resolution to move against Mehemet Ali. He thinks that Palmerston should support the Sultan in this, particularly as Mehemet will probably lose. Mehemet's army is in an ill-disciplined condition and the Sultan's army is much improved under the Pasha of ? Sivas. The defeat of Mehemet will pave the way to improvements in Turkey. The Russians appear depressed and can be easily beaten, if Palmerston wishes this to happen. He begs Palmerston not to send out a replacement for John Mandeville, when Mandeville goes to Buenos Ayres, as there would be nowhere for him to live. 27 Sep 1835 This letter is marked: "Private". This letter arrived on 24 October 1835.
Extent:
Two papers, tied with blue ribbon, punched for disinfection
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Subject:
Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey: army, military, defence, arms, troops
Stephen Vogorides or Vogoridi, Prince of Samos, known in Turkey as Istefanaki Bey
Dr Samuel MacGuffog or McGuffog, physician at the British embassy at Constantinople
Mahmud II, Ottoman Sultan
'Municipal Reform Bill', changing unelected municipal council for elected town councils, and making council publish audited accounts to eliminate corruption
Parliamentary politics
Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
John Mandeville, secretary of the British legation at Constantinople
Diplomatic appointments
Buenos Aires: Argentina
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