SUMMER OF 1799.
THE mischiefs which have been mentioned, were not the only ones which arose from institution of the new mission. After the breaking off of negotiations with France in the preceding summer, the Russian minister at London, bad stated to Mr. King that a commercial treaty would be agreeable to the Emperor Paul, and also, that it would be a favorable time to negotiate with the Porte, in which Russia and England would assist. In consequence of this, Mr. King was in the beginning of February, empowered to negotiate at London, a treaty of commerce with Russia, and Mr. William Smith, then minister to to Portugal, to form a similar one with the Porte.
The suppression of the Turkish mission, which was in the beginning of May unanimously recommended by the Cabinet, was caused indeed, immediately, by other circumstances; but it was foreseen and predicted at the moment the nomination of an envoy to France was made, that both this and the negotiation with Russia would, by it, be rendered impracticable. The influence of Russia was at this moment paramount with the Porte, and without her assistance, or that of England at least, any attempt to obtain a treaty, would have been absurd. Little aid could be expected from either of these two powers, by a nation just about to make peace with their enemies. Accordingly, about the time that the renewed assurances