PP/GC/PO/461 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, reporting that the Sultan has given Hodges a nishan, on the operations in Syria, French conduct in the region and Mehemet Ali, 28 October 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Ponsonby has presented Hodges to the Sultan who presented him with a nishan. The nishan is of small value and Hodges is not pleased with it. Ponsonby has also spoken with Sir Moses Montefiore, who was introduced to the Sultan, about establishing a bank there. The Porte will do everything to expedite operations in Syria. The Sultan is anxious to get rid of Mehemet Ali. Ponsonby discusses France’s conduct. The French would claim any credit for concessions granted to Mehemet Ali. Ponsonby believes that only when Russia learns that England will not act to offend France, even if it is supported by the great powers, then the great problem of the east, namely the question of Constantinople, will be solved. He has learned that Prince Metternich disapproves of the removal of Mehemet Ali, although Ponsonby argues that it is necessary. There are reports that the French fleet has been ordered to Alexandria to prevent the blockade and oppose the attack. Walker will carry out the blockade. 28 Oct 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 21 November 1840.
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Colonel G.Lloyd Hodges
Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
Clemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Prince Metternich, Chancellor of Austria
Captain Baldwin Wake Walker, later first Baronet, commander of the Turkish navy
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