By G.R. Berridge

Because the early 20th century the resident embassy has been alleged to be residing on borrowed time. through an exhaustive ancient account of the contribution of the British Embassy in Turkey to Britain's diplomatic courting with that nation, this booklet exhibits this to be fake. half A analyses the evolution of the embassy as a operating unit as much as the 1st international conflict: the structures, diplomats, dragomans, consular community, and communications. half B examines how, with none radical alterations other than in its communications, it effectively met the heavy calls for made on it within the following century, for instance by way of taking part in a key function in a large number of bilateral negotiations and delivering conceal to mystery brokers and medication liaison officials.

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83, n. 2; TNA, Levant Co. to Drummond, 18 Nov. 1803, SP105/122. 35 Jones, The British Diplomatic Service 1815–1914, p. 51; Gladwyn, The Paris Embassy, p. 11. 36 This meant renting again until the repairs were finished, Cunningham, vol. 1, pp. 124–5. 37 Lane-Poole, The Life of the Right Honourable Stratford Canning, vol. 1, p. 83. 38 Cunningham, vol. 1, p. 195. 39 TNA, Stratford to George Canning, 10 June 1826, FO165/62; Cunningham, vol. 1, p. 280. 40 The Times, 27 Sept. 1831. 41 This was a calamity for the embassy because not only was much property belonging to the ambassador, at the time Sir Robert Gordon, entirely lost but so also were its archives.

18 Diplomatic contact as well as pleasure was served by the summer embassy, for Ottoman ministers and other diplomats were to be found in the same vicinity during the summer months. This residence also provided relative safety from the plague, which was a constant threat in Constantinople until the middle of the nineteenth century and regular theme of ambassadorial despatches. The plague killed the wife of Sir Thomas Glover in 1608,19 the wife of Sir Thomas Bendish in 1649,20 and a daughter of Lord Winchilsea some 15 Mansell, Constantinople, p.

Smith’s orders were to find the embassy some temporary accommodation and then prepare plans for a building in Pera. 48 Well before the end of 1841 Smith had rented two wooden houses in Pera as a temporary town embassy49 but the main project was merely approaching the next chapter of its unhappy story. Ponsonby’s replacement by Canning coincided with Palmerston’s replacement by Lord Aberdeen, who attached less importance to outward appearances and more to keeping down costs. Moreover, both the new ambassador and the new architect began to have doubts about rebuilding on the old site.

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