I’ve stated little virtually nothing, of the inhabitants of the “ Metropolis of the Sultan;” not as a result of I couldn’t have stated a lot, very a lot, which could have gratified each them and myself, however as a result of the character of the current work didn’t admit of my doing so; and it’s only now, on the “eleventh hour,” that I allow myself to comment, that the courtesy, kindness, and friendship, which I universally skilled from the natives of the nation, and the veneration which I felt for his or her many virtues, tended tremendously to endear to my coronary heart “ The Beauties of the Bosphorus.”
I free you from it. You aren’t to be taught That you’ve got many enemies, that know not Why they’re so, however, prefer to village curs,
Bark when their fellows do.”
At this disaster, when each the political and transition state of Turkey render it a topic of greater than traditional significance to all who’re all for Oriental affairs, a piece on the Bosphorus would he incomplete if wanting a report of probably the most exceptional interval of its trendy historical past, throughout the presence of the Russian expedition, which arrived upon its shores in February, 183o; and this I’m luckily enabled to provide by way of the kindness of a diplomatic pal who was resident at Constantinople on the time, and who obligingly furnished me with the very attention-grabbing particulars.
The provide of Russian help
It was recognized that the Sultan had accepted the provide of Russian help, after having in useless utilized to France and England within the extremity to which he was pushed by Mehcmet Ali. However the design had been decidedly disapproved of in a grand council of his folks and ministers, summoned to take it into consideration : “ Had been it the English, they could bid them welcome; hut to ask the Muscovite infidel, their bitter and hereditary foe, was inadmissible; they’d quite go away the occasion to Windfall.” Not so judged the Sultan, who had seen no cause to alter his thoughts. The battle of Konia was his final east, and had been misplaced; he had no military left, and the folks wouldn’t combat in his trigger; while Ibrahim, on the head of his victorious troops, had superior to inside a fortnight’s march of the capital, and menaced the throne.
The order for aid from Russia had been despatched by the Envoy, underneath discretionary authority from his Courtroom, and by no means been recalled; a circumstance of which only some Europeans have been conscious, apart from the events to the association. Numerous rumours on the topic have been afloat, and the general public in anxious suspense, when all doubt was ended by the intelligence that the Russian fleet had appeared in sight. Listening to the information, numbers of individuals crowded the home windows of the homes which commanded a view of the passage from the Black Sea, whence they might discern one or two giant ships already superior inside the channel, adopted by a number of others, looming within the distance. The blue cross in a white discipline quickly turned seen, salutes have been interchanged with the Turkish batteries, and, in one other hour, a Russian squadron of seven line-of-battle ships was anchored at Buyukdere.