By John Fisher (auth.)
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22 Garnett also met Lt Colonel Frederick Maunsell, the Military Attaché, the Embassy Secretary, James Whitehead and his wife, and after a short delay, Sir Nicholas O’Conor. 30 pm. When the weekly bag was being prepared, they worked after dinner until the early hours of the morning, but otherwise the afternoons and evenings were free for social activities, sport, as well as evening functions, which, after a lull in the late summer and autumn proliferated in the winter months, then diminished fractionally at the beginning of Lent.
36 This was suggested, among other things, by Russian efforts to assert itself in the Bay of Platy, near Mt Athos, where, if its efforts were successful, it could shelter vessels in deep water. How keen a physical threat from Russia was felt is difﬁcult to say. Garnett, as an eye witness, never alluded to it in his correspondence. If nothing else, it was sufﬁciently serious for O’Conor to commission detailed reports from Frederick Maunsell on the feasibility and implications of a Russian attack.
A further aspect of Garnett’s time in Constantinople was his exposure to the expatriate British community, both in the context of the embassy’s social life and with regard to commercial interests. 79 Interaction between diplomats and their expatriate communities was correspondingly greater. That said the relationship was not always easy. During Garnett’s time in Constantinople, inﬂuential British merchants maintained a steady ﬂow of complaints and suggestions relating to commercial issues.
British Diplomacy and the Descent into Chaos: The Career of Jack Garnett, 1902–19 by John Fisher (auth.)