§ Lord Palmerston
said that some time ago the right hon. Baronet at the head of the Government promised to lay upon the Table copies of certain treaties with Servia, and the hatti scheriff of 1829. He (Lord Palmorsten) at that time asked whether the right hon. Baronet would not also lay upon the Table such extracts from the despatches of our ambassador at Constan- 988 tinople and our Consul-general in Servia, as would show, not the course of the negotiations, but an outline of the facts of the case. One of the points in dispute between the court of Russia and the Porte was, whether the recent election had or had not taken place in conformity with the stipulations of the treaty, and, therefore, it was important that the House should have before it some information which would show in what respect the election was irregular, so as to afford ground for the representations made by the Russian Government. He wished to know whether the right hon. Baronet saw any objection to produce the extracts to which he had referred.
§ Sir R. Peel
said, that the course of facts relative to the affairs of Servia would be best ascertained from the despatches of our consul there. The circumstances of the case could not be so well known to Sir Stratford Canning, our ambassador at Constantinople, and he could not. at present undertake to lay upon the Table any portion of his Excellency's communication. He, however, had no objection to lay upon the Table such extracts from the despatches of Mr. Fonblanque, our consul at Servia, as would give a view of the facts of the case. The only difficulty which occurred to him with reference to this point, arose from the circumstance of the disputes in Servia not being terminated, and the probability which existed that a fresh election would take place. That being the case, it was of importance that nothing should be laid upon the Table of the House, which could compromise the interests or characters of individuals. With some reservation upon that point, he would lay upon the Table such extracts from the despatches of our consul at Servia as would give a fair view of the facts of the case.