PP/GC/PO/525 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding a conversation with Mr Wood on the state of Syria and stating that Lord Palmerston should not be led away by Prince Metternich, 23 May 1841
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has had a long conversation with Mr Wood on the situation in Syria. He cannot enter into detail but will say that it is necessary to be careful how the affairs of that country are treated. Ponsonby suggests moderate measures. Ponsonby is afraid of Metternich who knows nothing about Syria. He hopes Palmerston will not delay in giving Wood the reward he deserves; his appointment as Consul General in Syria would be the most useful thing for British interests there. 23 May 1841 The letter is marked “Private”. The docket notes that it was received on 12 June1841.
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