Ponsonby vs the Patriarch: Orthodoxy and European Diplomacy

  • Jack Fairey
Part of the Histories of the Sacred and the Secular 1700–2000 book series


On 3 February 1840, General Sir Howard Douglas, Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, drafted a jubilant letter to his colleague, the British ambassador to Istanbul, Viscount John Ponsonby. ‘My Lord’, Douglas began:

I have received with the greatest satisfaction Your Lordship’s letter of the 15th January inclosing a Copy of the Official note which Your Lordship had presented to the Sublime Porte, demanding in the name of Her Majesty’s Government the removal of the Patriarch Grigorios from his office … 2


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  1. 1.
    Richard Burgess, Constantinople and Greek Christianity ( London: Petter & Galpin, 1855 ), p. 45.Google Scholar
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    Alexander Baillie-Cochrane, In the Days of the Dandies (Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1890), pp. 76– 7.Google Scholar
  3. 13.
    Norman Anick, The Embassy of Lord Ponsonby to Constantinople, 1833–1841 ( PhD Dissertation, McGill University, 1970 ), p. 2.Google Scholar
  4. 14.
    Cited in Bruce Lincoln, Nicholas I (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 1989), pp. 209– 10.Google Scholar

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