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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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Prisoner of War

Prisoner of War

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(p.119) 11 Prisoner of War
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Lord Elgin and the Marbles
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William St. Clair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0011

Although peace treaties proceeded at Amiens on March 25 1802 between Great Britain and France, several people thought that this peace was unlikely to persevere because of issues of sustained distrust, such as the refusal of the British to give up their colonies, the insistence of the French to interfere in Ireland, and other such problems. One of said issues received major attention for Lord Elgin, and this involved how Sébastiani was still serving on a military and political reconnaissance in spite of the fact that he had been assigned as the ‘commercial agent’ in Levant. Sébastiani reported to the French about whether invading Egypt would be feasible and whether an army would be sent into the Balkans. Philip Hunt was thus sent by Elgin to watch over Sébastiani and his travels. Soon after that, war was again declared. All British males during that time, since they were obliged to serve their country, were perceived as prisoners of war.

Keywords:   peace, distrust, Sébastiani, commercial agent, French, war, prisoners of war, British males

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