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Reception at Constantinople

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/9780192880536.003.0004
Reception at Constantinople

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In November 1798 when the notion of establishing an embassy was initially discussed, the fundamental cause was clear as General Koehler was in charge of helping the Turks by land while Sir Sidney Smith was to be responsible for those at sea. Also, Elgin was to have established a formal treaty of alliance. In January 1799, however, the joint British Ministers — which included Spencer Smith and his brother — were already able to achieve that goal. As such, Elgin's purpose shifted to ratifyiing the treaty and to convincing the Turkish government to allow British trade and shipping in the Black Sea. Again, Elgin was outran by Spencer Smith. Sir Sidney Smith thus wrote to Lord Grenville regarding Spencer Smith's position. This chapter explores how the news of Elgin's new appointment at the Porte was received.

Keywords: embassy; alliance; formal treaty; ratification; British trade and shipping; Spencer Smith; Sir Sidney Smith; Porte

Chapter.  3086 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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