ment to that effect, would deem it its duty to interpose its influence with the Porte, in order to assure to the inhabitants of the above mentioned islands, protection against arbitrary and oppressive acts.
Note of the Powers to the Porte.These views were communicated to the Porte in a note signed on 8th April, 1830, by the representatives of the three Powers at Constantinople, to the following effect:—
The allied Courts feel themselves bound to secure the inhabitants of Candia and Samos against any molestation whatever, on account of the part which they have taken in the late disturbances. This security the allied Courts claim for them from the Sublime Porte, requiring that it shall be founded on specific regulations, which either recognising their ancient privileges, or granting to them such others as experience shall have proved to be necessary, will afford to the people of those islands an efficient protection against arbitrary or oppressive acts. The three Cabinets trust that the Sublime Porte, in its enlightened wisdom, will itself be convinced that, considering the relations of near neighbourhood and religion which connect the subjects of the new State, a mild and equitable administration will be the surest means of establishing its dominion upon a firm basis.
The subsequent fortunes of the two islands have been somewhat dissimilar.
- Prot. No. 26.
- Prot. No. 29; Annexe B. The Porte accepted generally the terms contained in this letter, in a note of 24th April, 1830, q. v. Prot. No. 29, Annexe C. Cf. Prot. No. 37.
- Infra, Texts, No. I.