من خطاب القنصل الإنجليزي - الأعداء التقليديون لمحمد علي - جون موراي إلى رئيسه بالمرستون
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
معلهش يا استاذ خالد يا فهمي: محمد علي-برضه- هو باني مصر الحديثة
"... the ceremonial of the funeral was a most meagre, miserable affair; the [diplomatic] Consular was not invited to attend, and neither the shops nor the Public offices were closed -- in short, a general impression prevails that Abbas Pasha has shown a culpable lack of respect for the memory of his illustrious grandfather, in allowing his obsequis to be conducted in so paltry a manner, and in neglecting at attend them in Person. ...[the] attachment and veneration of all classes in Egypt for the name of Muhammad Ali are prouder obsequies than any of which it was in power of his successor to confer. The old in habitants remember and talk of the chaos and anarchy from which he rescued this country; the younger compare his energetic rule with the capricious, vacillating government of his successor; all classes whether Turk, or Arab, not only feel, but do not hesitate to say openly that the prosperity of Egypt has died with Muhammad Ali...In truth my Lord, it cannot be denied, that Muhammad Ali, notwithstanding all his faults was a great man."