PP/GC/PO/513 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, rejoicing at Reshid’s removal; suggesting the Allies have given up Egypt in order to please France; and enclosing a note from the secretary for foreign affairs saying that the Porte will act on the advice of a allies, 6 April 1841
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he will try and make the Porte consider what Palmerston has said as being advice given by the Allies which does not compromise the dignity of the Sultan. He thinks Palmerston cannot have received the communications on the affairs: it is patent that Mehemet Ali has not consented to allow the law of the Ottoman Empire to be current in Egypt, to allow the commercial treaty to be consulted on and nor to the execution of Hati Sherif. Reshid’s fall will delay the French but they will still endeavour to establish their influence in Turkey and Ponsonby has no doubt of their success. He will send details of the measures he has prepared and begun to act upon with the object of placing the defence of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles in a state that will defy attack. He has just received the answer he expected from the Secretary for Foreign Affairs: the Porte will act on any advice from Palmerston. 6 Apr 1841 The docket notes that the letter was received on 25 April 1841. Enclosed are: (i) a wrapper (ii) A letter, in French, from M.Titow, Pera, to John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, 6 Apr 1841
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Muhammad Ali Pasha, alias Mehemet Ali, Viceroy or ruler of Egypt
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