HC Deb 25 April 1882 vol 268 cc1407-8

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the Foreign Office has received any confirmation of the statements reported in yesterday's papers, that Midhat Pasha is kept in chains at Taif, and that his wife and family at Smyrna are in a state of destitution; and, if so, whether Earl Granville will instruct Lord Dufferin to use his private good offices at the Porte to obtain some mitigation of the cruelty thus inflicted on a Minister who, while in office, always manifested a just regard for British interests in the East?


No information respecting Midhat Pasha has been received at the Foreign Office; but Lord Dufferin has been instructed by telegraph to make inquiries as to the truth of the painful report to which my hon. Friend refers.