Inquiry into the opinions of the commercial classes of Great Britain on the Suez ship canal, by F. de Lesseps

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Page 131 - France had, on her part, aspired to in former times. This point is Egypt, the direct route from Europe to India, Egypt bathed once and again with French blood. " It is superfluous to define the motives which would not allow England to see Egypt in the possession of a rival nation without opposing it by the most energetic resistance ; but what should also be taken into serious consideration is, that with less positive interests, France, under the dominion of her glorious traditions, under the impression...
Page 131 - Egypt to prevent another power from forestalling her, and tell us then if it is possible that the alliance could survive the complications which such an event would occasion. And why should England consider herself obliged to become mistress of Egypt, even at the risk of breaking her alliance with France ? For this single reason, that Egypt is the shortest and most direct route from England to her Eastern possessions ; that this route must be constantly open to her ; and that, in whatever concerns...
Page 131 - Britain ; so that this chance of rupture would disappear if, by a providential event, the geographical conditions of the ancient world were changed, and, that the commercial route to India, instead of passing through the heart of Egypt, were removed to its confines, and, being opened to all the world, could never be exposed to the chance of its becommg the exclusive privilege of any one.
Page 116 - JAUBES, of the Imperial Marine, and Member of the Council of the Admiralty, of France. M. LENTZE, Chief Engineer of the Works on the Vistula, of Berlin. M.
Page 2 - I have received and laid before the Court of Directors of the East India Company, your letter (No.
Page 104 - ... country, and also be published in the newspapers." Moved by Mr. Herring, seconded by Mr. Farmar, and resolved, " That the best thanks of this meeting be given to the chairman, for the official performance of his duties.
Page 131 - ... certain, that the state of the country ensures the facility and promptitude of the communications, England will not set about creating the most grave difficulties by appropriating a territory which, in her eyes, has no other value than as a means of transit. It is likewise evident that France — whose policy, for the last fifty years, has been to contribute to the prosperity of Egypt, both by her counsels and by the concourse of a great number of Frenchmen distinguished in the sciences, in administrative...
Page 20 - Two branches for irrigation and supply, striking out of the preceding canal, and in the direction respectively of Suez and Pelusium. The works shall be completed within the period of six years, unavoidable hindrances and delays excepted.
Page 20 - A canal navigable by large vessels between Suez on the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Pelusium on the Mediterranean; 2nd A canal of irrigation adapted to the river traffic of the Nile, joining that river to the above-mentioned Maritime Canal...
Page 130 - ... animates their respective populations, countries to make available, human beings to withdraw from a state of barbarism, and so long as the civilised nations of the world, instead of thwarting one another, as has too often been the case in projects of this description, work together, as they ought to do, the conquests of the one profit by the activity of the other. M. Lesseps has, in a letter addressed to Lord Stratford de Bedcliffe, grappled with the subject of the political inconveniences of...

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