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An Embassy is Arranged

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0001
An Embassy is Arranged

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While the Earl of Elgin was at Brighton he was able to send a letter to Lord Grenville, the Foreign Secretary, who thought that Lord Elgin's ideas expressed in the letter as worthy of being considered. After these ideas were discussed with the King, they were immediately implemented. Thomas Bruce was thus given the position of Minister Plenipotentiary and Ambassador Extraordinary of His Britannic Majesty to the Sublime Porte of Selim III. The notion of appointing an ambassador to Turkey was initiated not by Elgin, but by the King himself wherein the King suggested that Elgin take this position. Although Lord Elgin would have had enough experience to proceed with the position, the circumstances for his appointment were unusual. This chapter provides a brief background of Elgin and his qualifications, while looking into how the said embassy was established.

Keywords: Earl or Elgin; Lord Grenville; King; ambassador; embassy; Turkey

Chapter.  4406 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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