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The Smith Brothers

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/9780192880536.003.0005
The Smith Brothers

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Within a few days after Elgin had arrived at Constantinople, it increasingly became evident that Elgin and Spencer would always be found in conflict with each other. Although Spencer was to be viewed as Elgin's subordinate, Spencer had kept some of the official papers that were supposed to be received by Elgin, and he continued to communicate directly with the Turkish government without Elgin's knowing, and ordered the British officials at Levant not to coordinate with the ambassador. In contrast to the hostilities between Spencer and Elgin, Elgin expressed admiration towards Sir Sidney Smith. However, Sir Sidney was also unwilling to give up his position. This chapter examines the actions, positions, and legal powers taken by the Smith brothers.

Keywords: Elgin; Turkish government; Spencer Smith; Sir Sidney Smith; legal powers

Chapter.  3514 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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