PP/GC/PO/454 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, correcting a mistake with regard to safe anchorage, reporting on the French intrigues and Mehemet Ali, 13 October 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he corrects a mistake in his last despatch: Alexandretta and not Caiffa is a safe anchorage. Ponsonby is confidence of complete [military] success. Palmerston needs to remain firm. The protocol Palmerston has signed has given the Sublime Porte great pleasure. The French continue their intrigues and cannot be trusted. It cannot be wise to re-establish Mehemet Ali in Egypt. Opponents of slavery would not support granting power to Ali who promotes slavery. He wishes Palmerston could find some way of sending support to Reschid Pasha. Ponsonby would like a treaty guaranteeing the Ottoman dominions as he suspects the French of separating Candia from them. Ponsonby is convinced that it would be easier to take Egypt from Mehemet Ali than it would Syria. The French will not support someone who is down and if the allies act now the French will not have time to act. Ponsonby does not agree with Prince Metternich: he believes that they have done what was right and necessary. 13 Oct 1840 This letter is marked: “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 6 November 1840.
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Clemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Prince Metternich, Chancellor of Austria
Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
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