PP/GC/PO/425 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, reporting on a letter sent by the Grant Vizier to the Emir Bechir, 9 August 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the Grand Vizier has written to the Emir Bechir providing him with an excuse to return to the Sultan. The Albanian who was captured by Sir Howard Douglas has informed Mr Alison that if the Porte paid the Albanians currently in service of Mehemet Ali they would abandon the Pasha. Ibrahim Pasha keeps his troops from deserting by having a considerable corps of Albanians stationed with them who can police the force and hang or shoot runaways. 9 Aug 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 1 September 1840.
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Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
Husrev Mehmed Pasha, alias Chossrew Muhammad Pasha, Grand Vizier
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