PP/GC/PO/549 Letter from Lord Ponsonby to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning Austria, Switzerland and Greece, 13 November 1847
Letter from John Ponsonby, first Viscount Ponsonby, [British ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Constantinople], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: Metternich has refused to comply with one application made to him for his interference. Ponsonby does not believe that Metternich ever warned the Grand Duke of the displeasure of Austria; he believes Metternich gave him his opinion but assured him that Austria would not interfere with his proceedings. He discusses the serious nature of affairs in Switzerland. There is a danger the war will become as much religious as it is political and Ponsonby thinks the Pope, a rash man, will take strong public steps to induce Catholics to support any oppressed co-religionists. He discusses the appointment of a Roman Catholic Bishop in England. Believes Metternich regrets he was induced to meddle in Greek affairs and that he is now desirous to keep out of them. 13 Nov 1847
Three papers
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