PP/GC/PO/473 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, stating that the Porte is discussing the propositions about the loan; asking for instructions about a house; Rechid’s answer about M.Deschamp and the Journal de Smyrna; the conversation between M.Cor and Rechid about Mehemet Ali and the intentions of the Porte with regard to him; reasons for not believing that Rechid wanted to make some overture to France; the evacuation of Aleppo and reasons for not leaving Mehemet Ali in Egypt as a concession to France, 18 November 1840
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: the Porte is discussing the propositions about the loan and Ponsonby has repeated Palmerston’s arguments to the ministers. Palmerston has forgotten to give Ponsonby instructions about a house: he must act soon. Ponsonby has discussed with M. Deschamps what he should say to Rechid. He repeats the Pasha’s answer with which he hopes Palmerston will be satisfied. M. Cor has again been questioning Rechid what the Porte would do with regard to Mehemet Ali. Ponsonby gives an account of the conversation. Ponsonby considers the evacuation of Aleppo by the Egyptians to be of great importance and Ponsonby thinks it more likely to be the effect of necessity than the intention of Ibrahim. He discusses the undesirability of leaving Egypt to Mehemet Ali, particularly as a concession to France. Ponsonby thinks a concession made to Louis Philippe could weaken him. 18 Nov 1840 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 11 December 1840
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