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(From the Devonport Independent.)




fFrom the Morning Post.)


the whole affair of the negotiation upon record in very distinct and intelligible terms, and it shews, beyond all possibility of controversy, that the French have nothing like justice on their side in the present cla- mour for war. The only matter for regret which we find in the document is the admission that for a moment the Allies were willing to change the basis of their policy which they laid down at the com- mencement. The original intention of Her Majesty's Government, made known to the other Four Powers, in June, 1039, was that the delegated authority of Mehcmet should be confined to Egypt alone, and that the direct authority of the Sultan should be re- established in the whole of Syria. It appears, how- ever, that in answer to a proposition of the French Government, dated September 27, 1839, her Majes- ty's Government, for the sake of meeting the views of France, expressed its willingness to recommend to the Sultan to give to Mehemet Ali, in addition to the Pachalic of Egypt, the administration of the lower part of Syria. Such a proposition was inconsistent with the reasonings previously used, which went to show that, for the preservation of the integrity of the Ottoman Empire, and of the general use of Europe, the exclusion of Mehemet Ali from the whole of Syria was necessary. Fortunately, as it seems to us, this proposition for the division of Syria was not agreed to by the French Government. A similar inconsistency was, however, displayed in the early part of the negotiations by the French Government; for whereas, in the beginning, its sole objection to the arrangement of taking Syria from Mehemet Ali was founded on the argument that force would be neces- sary to carry such an arrangement into effect, and that the use of force would be more dangerous than the status qico, yet in the proposal of September, 1839, the French Government suggested a division of Syria, to which [in case of need] France was to aid in compelling Mehemet Ali to submit, by coercive measures. Lord Palmerston observed this inconsisten- cy at the time, and pointed it out to Count Sebasti- ani. The reply of the Count was remarkable, and deserves to be called to mind even at the present stage of this protracted affair. He replied to the observ- ations of Lord Palmerston that the objection felt by the French Government to employ coercive mea- sures against Mehemet Ali was founded upon domes- tic considerations; and that those objections would be removed if the French Government were able to show to the public and to the Chambers that it had procured for Mehemet Ali the best terms that could be obtained for him, and that he had refused to accept those terms. We have never heard it explained why the French public, or the French Chambers, or the French Government, should be so anxious to obtain the best possible terms for Mehemet Ali. The rea- son of the great sympathy between the French and Mehemet has been kept secret.

(From the Devonport Independent.)