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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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An Embassy is Arranged

An Embassy is Arranged

(p.1) I An Embassy is Arranged
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

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

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