PP/GC/PO/266 Foreign Office memorandum, written by ?John Backhouse to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, 21 November 1836
Foreign Office memorandum, written by ?John Backhouse, [Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "There is a letter from Constantinople in the 3rd page of THE TIMES of this morning, relating to the departure of Col[onel] Considine, which is sufficiently curious to be worth y[ou]r l[ordshi]p's perusal. According to a private communication received a short time ago from the consul general, the correspondent [f.1v] of THE TIMES should be Dr Millingen; his coadjutors with respect to the London press, being Mr Longworth, CHRONICLE; Mr Churchill, HERALD; Mr Sandison, POST, and all these persons (except perhaps, Mr Churchill) are frequently seen at Lord Ponsonby's table. If Dr Millingen is still the correspondent of THE TIMES, and therefore the writer [f.2r] of the letter in question, the hostility of L[or]d Ponsonby is remarkable; and it may possibly \ be connected / with a fact stated in a letter of gossip from Pera, dated the 23rd of Oct[obe]r, of which a passage has just been communicated to me, stating that Mr Bell and Dr Millingen had been 'making a pilgrimage to the shrine of Mr Urquhart' in his retirement near Scutari. The same [f.2v] letter states that they, Dr M[illingen] and Mr Bell, found Sefer Bey in Mr Urquhart's house !" 21 Nov 1836 The paper is initialled by J[ohn] B[ackhouse], Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign Office.
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Newspapers; the press; journalism
Lieutenant Colonel James Considine of the Fifty Third Regiment of Foot
Dr Julius Michael Millingen, correspondent for THE TIMES at Constantinople
Longworth, correspondent for the MORNING CHRONICLE at Constantinople
William R.Churchill, journalist for the MORNING HERALD at Constantinople
D.Sandison, correspondent for the ?MORNING POST at Constantinople
John Ponsonby, second Baron Ponsonby, later first Viscount Ponsonby, British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Pera, suburb of Constantinople, later Istanbul, Turkey
James Stanislaus Bell, British merchant, in command of the 'Vixen'
'Vixen' affair
David Urquhart, known in Turkey as Daoud Bey, former secretary to the British embassy at Constantinople
Scutari, or Skutari, or Uskudar, Turkey
Sefer, or Sefir Bey, Circassian rebel leader: ?Safar Bey Sharvashidze, alias Giorgi Sharvashidze, Prince of Abkhazia
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