PP/GC/PO/546 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding Prince Metternich and Greece, 14 May 1847
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Vienna], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Ponsonby had thought it right to avoid disputing with Metternich respecting the Greeks: he is little likely to admit he has been deceived and has acted wrongly. Ponsonby knows he is much dissatisfied and has sent orders to Prokesh to be quiet at Athens. The strong opinion given by the Russian Government has discomposed Metternich somewhat. Ponsonby believes that Reshid Pasha will fall. As he is closely connected with the French, Ponsonby wishes for this occurrence. Wellesley’s letter to Metternich was sent on the counsel of [?Steerman]. Ponsonby thinks that if he continues in office he will do much mischief to his own country. He thinks that the new government doctrines in Greece have made considerable progress, not in the minds of the lower classes but higher up. There is a body of men, being possessed of a good style in writing, and a knowledge of Plato and modern philosophers, believe themselves always in the right and are ready to do anything or everything to overthrow the existing system by means of less sublime thinkers who will risk being hanged or shot for the cause. The army is reported to be steady and may be depended on by the government although it may be doubted if there would be found the courage to order the troops to act. He hopes the accounts of Bessborough’s health are exaggerated. 14 May 1847 The docket notes that the letter was received on 22 May 1847.
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