In June 1855, Ferdinand de Lesseps meets British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston and the British Prime
Minister became Suez Canals bitterest opponent.
Although, echoing these press articles, the majority of British
public opinion appeared favourable towards the opening of the
canal, the policy laid down by Palmerston was that followed officially
until his death in 1865. Three articles from The Times are given below, the first and second dating from 1859, the year in which certain English newspapers
exhibited extreme virulence on the subject of the project, following
the foundation of the Universal Company of the Suez Maritime Canal
at the end of 1858 and the beginning of work in April 1859, and
the third dates from 1862 on the occasion of the joining of the waters
of the Mediterranean with those of Lake Timsah. All illustrate
the persistance of the attacks directed at de Lesseps's project
and French ambitions in Egypt.
Article in the Times, published 26 May 1859
Article in the Times, published 25 July 1859
Article in the Times, published 29 November 1862