Title:
PP/GC/PO/458 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning policy towards Syria and Austrian wishes to become the protector of the Christians in that country, 20 October 1840
Date:
20/10/1840
Content:
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he encloses reports with a despatch. Ponsonby urges a forward policy with regard to Syria and the problems the Admiral’s lack of action might cause. Others recommend the attack on St Jean d’Aire, but the Admiral has said no. If left Ibrahim Pasha might take refuge there and the French would act. He wishes that Napier had more of an opportunity to act. Decisive action is what is required: delay will be inconvenient as well as unnecessary. There are disputes in Syria. Sir Charles Wood is not well; Ponsonby suggests a replacement should be sent, but a man of routine will not do as “the Turks are not fit for what is called regular war”. Ponsonby expresses his concerns that the Admiral not be allowed to winter at Marmorice and fears that there is some jealousy between Sir Charles Smith and Napier. He encloses letters relating to the wish of the Austrian government to become the protector of the Christians in Syria. 20 Oct 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 8 November 1840. Enclosed are: (i) a letter, in French, from Bartholomeus, Baron von Sturmer, internuncio or Austrian ambassador at Constantinople, to John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, concerning the report from Richard Wood, n.d Oct 1840 (ii) A private letter from Richard Wood to John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, reporting on his conversation with the Patriarch about British or Austrian protection for Christians in Syria, 12 Oct 1840 (iii) A letter from Richard Wood, Ottoman flagship, to John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, concerning his endeavours to assist with the mission to organise protection for the Christians in Syria, 11 Oct 1840
Extent:
Ten papers
License:
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Subject:
Admiral Sir Robert Stopford, G.C.B. Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean
Commodore Charles Napier
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