The Illustrated London News
Deputation Of Circassian Chiefs To The Sultan, The Illustrated London News, 24 May 1856
The silence which the Treaty of Peace observes about Circassia has caused great disappointment, which is fully shared by Circassia itself. The simple news that peace had been concluded produced a very strong excitement there. The mountaineers flocked down in thousands to Anapa, where a Turkish Governor, Sefer Pacha, a Circassian by birth, resides.
Several hundred chieftains met to discuss and draw up an address to there Sultan, the Queen of England, and the Emperor of the French, in which they asked that the independence of their country should be recognised, and expressed their resolution to maintain their independence under any circumstances.