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PALMERSTON, Henry Temple, Viscount (1784-1865). Prime Minister 1855-1858 and 1859-1865.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed in French to Count Sebastiani, the French Ambassador, 2 pages 4to, Carlton Terrace, 11 January 1840, enclosing a list of the French Mediterranean f (on a separate sheet, 1 page 4to).
Declaring that British public opinion could never allow the French to have a superior naval force, and that therefore he must request Parliament to increase the English fleet.
'... Et l'opinion publique et la Responsabilité ministerielle ne permettraient jamais a un Gouvernement anglais, soit Whig soit Tory, de laisser notre Flotte active dans la Minorite par Rapport a la Flotte Francaise, en Tems de Paix ou en Tems de Guerre. Par Consequent nous serons obligés de demander au Parlement une augmentation de notre Force navale ... .'
This letter, dating from the time of the Middle East Crisis (1830-1840), reveals Palmerston applying pressure on the French Government when they were seeking to turn events in Egypt and Turkey to their own advantage. Palmerston had tried to induce France to join him in an engagement to defend Turkey by sea if attacked, but subsequently abandoned all thoughts of joint action, and opened negotiations with Russia. Russia received his proposals with eagerness, and friendly negotiations rapidly resulted in the quadrilateral treaty of 15 July 1840, by which England, Russia, Austria and Prussia agreed to drive back the Egyptians and to pacify the Levant.
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