British Policy in the Near East, 1830-1841

British Policy in the Near East, 1830-1841

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...the strangest and the most active was David Urquhart. Going out to the Levant to aid the rebellious Greeks he soon became enamoured by all that was Turkish. In l833 he wrote to his mother lamenting the "universal ignorance" and the "false views" about Turkey. He claimed that the desire for reform in the Empire was great and the successes of Mehemet Ali in Egypt led him 2l to believe that similar gains would be made in all Turkey. In l833 he was dispatched by the Government on a secret mission to various Eastern Countries.22 But he was so pleased with Constantinople that he settled down there, living like a Turk, gaining admit 23 tance to their houses and even their harems. He became possessed of an almost insane hatred of Russia and in this respect he found a kindred spirit in King William IV to whom he was introduced by Sir 24 Herbert Taylor. 2l The Taylor Papers (London, l9l3), pp.296-300. 22. Ibid., p.206. 23, Gertrude Robinson, David Urquhart (Oxford, l920), p.45. Miss Robinson's work is not very illuminating. It ap-pears that she knew Urquhart's daughter a convert to Catholicism who possessed many of her father's mental characteristics. This lady evidently conveyed much of that spirt of hero-worship with which she regarded her father to Miss Robinson. 24 D.N.B. Vide art. on D. Urquhart. Urquhart was an indefatiguable writer. In l833 appeared a two-volume work oalled Turkey and its Resources; in l834 a lengthy pamphlet oalled England, France, Russia and Turkey; in l838 another work of two volumes called The Spirit of the East. A magazine called the Portfolio was published by him in l835-36; and he also wroteimumerable letters and articles for the newspapers. His influence with the King and his knowledge of Turkish more

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