The Quarterly Review Volume . 230

The Quarterly Review Volume . 230

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...He made his offering to the Grand Vizir and other pashas in order of precedence, and on May 3 was received in audience by the Sultan. To him he delivered the Queen's present--a clock set with gems and pearls, ten pairs of jack-boots, two lap-dogs, twelve lengths of Royal cloth, two lengths of bleached linen and thirteen pieces of silver-gilt--produced his credentials and kissed hands; he then attended the banquet in Divan, and thus formally took his place among the diplomatic agents accredited to the Porte. His position, like that of the Venetian ambassador, was a double one; he was paid by the Levant Company to act as their commercial agent and consul-general, and he was accredited, but not salaried, by the Crown as English ambassador. His financial position was often trying. The Queen was extremely p arsimonious, while the Company was at times in difficulties and remiss in payment. We know that the French ambassador received a salary of 10,000 ducats, and two per cent. on all French goods brought into Turkey; the Venetian 8000 ducats of gold, and the cottimo, or one per cent. on all Venetian goods entering Turkey; the Imperial ambassador had 16,000 dollars a year. 'I am allowed 3000 ducats, ' wails Barton, Harborne's successor, 'and yet as much required at my hands as at theirs.' 'I had not in all my household sixpence of money to pass the water, ' Barton says again, 'so miserably am I treated by the Company as not to have had a penny allowance from them this twelvemonth.' The ambassador's diplomatic duty was, if possible, to win the sympathy of the Turk for the English, and for the Protestant group of European nations; also to prevent the conclusion of a truce, or a peace, with Spain which would relieve that country from the standing menace of a...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609697
  • 9781236609694