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- noun In Turkey prior to the revolution, an administrative authority of any of certain sanjaks. They were appointed directly by the Sultan.
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The next morning we were up at daylight, and after several hours 'delay the mutessarif and his lieutenant came down to permit us to leave.
We joined the mutessarif and his secretary in a stroll about the town.
The mutessarif took us to a little white villa on the cliff by the sea, with a walled garden, flat black cedar, and a view of the Marmora, and we breakfasted on tea, bread and butter, and eggs.
The launch came up to Gallipoli wharf in the night and not long after daylight we were shaken out of our blankets to receive the call of the mutessarif, or local governor, a big, slow, saturnine man in semi-riding-clothes, with the red fez and a riding-whip in his hand, who spoke only Turkish and limited himself to few words of that.