HC Deb 16 July 1855 vol 139 cc887-8

said, he believed the noble Lord at the head of the Government was perfectly familiar with the name of General Guyon, who was conspicuous for his services in the war for the independence of Hungary. That gallant officer was employed in the Turkish army at Kars last year, but by means of intrigues on the part of the Turkish generals he was removed from his position. He begged to ask the noble Lord whether he had any objection to instruct the British Ambassador at Constantinople to procure a military command for General Guyon?


said, that, with respect to the gallant officer to whom the question referred, he was glad to bear the same honourable testimony which the hon. Member had borne to the gallantry of that officer, and to the very valuable and meritorious services which he had rendered to Turkey since he had been employed in the service. The gallant officer was for a considerable time last year employed with the Turkish army in Asia. Circumstances led to a temporary cessation of that command, and General Guyon was now at Constantinople, and it would give him (Lord Palmerston) great pleasure to hear, and be a source of sincere satisfaction to the Government if they found, that circumstances might again lead to his re-employment in an important post of the Turkish army.