PP/GC/PO/447 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, enclosing a letter from Mr Wood about the condition of the Turkish troops, 27 September 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he encloses a letter from Mr Wood which are too delicate for a dispatch. 27 Sep 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 17 October 1840. Enclosed is a letter from Richard Wood, HMS POWERFUL, Beirut, to John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby: he has been to Cyrpus to meet Selim Pasha. As the Turkish troops are without provisions they were not able to come to Syria. He hopes this will persuade the Turkish government to provide the arms and provisions if it wishes to regain Syria. The troops were animated and in good condition, but few in number. They will oppose forces fo 50,000 or 60,000. The Egyptians are making their own preparations to oppose efforts against them. As soon as Beirut is captured it will be a signal for a rebellion in Egypt, which is “ripe for it”. Yet Wood is anxious about the behaviour of Emir Beshir. Wood has learned that Sulieman Pasha might be persuaded to leave the service of the viceroy for a pension. As the advantages of buying him off are great, Wood has opened communications with him. As soon as the Turkish fleet arrives an attack will be made on Beirut and then a point will be secured to land armaments for the forces to enable them to push the Egyptian army from Syria. He hopes to receive Ponsonby’s instructions. There is great discontent in the Egyptian army, many members of which will join them. 7 Sep 1840
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