PP/GC/PO/462 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, stating that the French fleet has been recalled to Toulon, reports from Syria, about Sir C.Smith and the concession of Egypt to Mehemet Ali, 1 November 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: “people here expect war”. The French squadron is recalled to Toulon. Ponsonby wishes he could persuade the British Admiral he need not be afraid of the French fleet for some time to come. Napier and Jochmus are “full of zeal” in Syria and there are bitter complaints of the other officers. Ponsonby is not sorry for the apparent inactivity of Sir Charles Smith; all Ponsonby now wishes is to see the Army preserved entire. He suggests there in nothing to loose in attempting to take Alexandria. He discusses the giving up of Egypt to Mehemet Ali. 1 Nov 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 21 November 1840.
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