PP/GC/PO/428 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning a message from Pointois to the Porte and the threat posed by the French, 17 August 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the insolent message from Pontois to the Porte has caused astonishment. Due to the danger posed by the French force, Ponsonby has had troops brought to secure the road by Ismidt. Mehemet Ali and his French allies cannot revolutionise Antatolia as long as the Porte has an army. The conduct of the French shows what can be expected of them: “their vanity has outstripped their cunning”. Ponsonby will act vigorously on Palmerston’s instructions and hopes the Admiral will be similarly vigorous. 17 Aug 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 4 September1840.
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Comte de Pontois, French envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople
Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
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