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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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Reception at Constantinople

Reception at Constantinople

(p.28) 4 Reception at Constantinople
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

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

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