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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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Great Events in the Levant

Great Events in the Levant

(p.11) 2 Great Events in the Levant
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

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The instructions that Lord Elgin passed for his embassy were either too limited or too extensive to determine the exact intentions of the government. Some of the general tasks of his embassy included maintaining the privileges of the British, monitoring the King's interests, promoting trade, protecting the Christians, and other such generalities. Elgin was also able to provide certain specific objectives such as getting the Turks to allow British trade in the Black Sea, acquiring permission to proceed with cutting timber in Turkey, and to formalize a British postal area at Suez. However, the embassy's fundamental cause was not identified. This chapter attempts to examine the events that could be associated with how the French were being expelled from the eastern Mediterranean and from Egypt, as well as maintainin ties with the Ottoman Empire.

Keywords:   government, embassy, Turks, French, Egypt, Ottoman Empire

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