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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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The Smith Brothers

The Smith Brothers

(p.35) 5 The Smith Brothers
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

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

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