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PP/GC/PO/236 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning a sum of money to be given to a Circassian Prince, and the importance of the Caucasus for the security of Persia and Turkey, 6 May 1836
Date:
06/05/1836
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 has decided to give some money to the Circassian Prince about whom Palmerston wrote. The Prince has authority in Circassia and is admired by the Sultan but has no money and is too proud to take anything from his friends and dependants "he is an extraordinary man in all ways and I think worth cultivating at almost any price". Mr Hudson has passed on the money to ? Sefir Bey as a loan, and it was used to pay the chiefs. Ponsonby gave a bit more money than Palmerston had specified to make the sum up to 700 pounds sterling. Ponsonby is sure that Caucasus is worth cultivating, if strong it could attack Russia, or stop Russia attacking Turkey, though he does not know how useful the Circassians and the tribes would be in protecting Persia and Turkey against Russia. Caucasia will be lost to Russia if it is not strengthened. The Circassians are likely to be brought down by Russian cunning and bribery but England could by "open, brave and honest policy defeat those weapons". 6 May 1836 This letter is marked: "Private". It arrived on 30 May 1836.
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Two papers, punched for disinfection
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Subject:
John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Ottoman Empire, Sublime Porte, Turkey
Mahmud II, Sultan
Caucasus or Circassia or Caucasia or Ciscaucasia: Russian invasion
James Hudson, later Sir James Hudson, known as 'Hurry Hudson', assistant secretary to William IV, 'special investigator' to Circassia, later minister to Turin
Sefir Bey, Circassian rebel leader =?Safar Bey Sharvashidze, alias Giorgi Sharvashidze, Prince of Abkhazia
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