Document ReferenceBu 15/2
TitleLetter from 2nd Baron Bloomfield [J. Bloomfield], Vienna, Austria, to Sir A. Buchanan, Berlin, Prussia; 7 Jan 1863.
Date7 January 1863
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionComments that it is difficult to predict the reaction of the Imperialists to the vote of 22nd [Jan 1863]; Rechberg has informed him he expects 11 votes but cannot say how great Prussian influence will be on the smaller states; Prussia will not agree to reform the Diet; Prussia wants to exercise control but not be obliged to defend her smaller neighbours; Bismarck will not rest until he has broken up the [German] confederation; the confederation has kept peace in Europe but does not further the personal ambitions of Bismarck; discusses the forthcoming vote in which Denmark will support Austria and King George of Hanover, Prussia; Rechberg claims that failure to support his proposal could lead to revolution.

Bismarck wishes to remove Austria as a power which can influence German affairs; points out that Austria has been, and is still, a great power; is surprised that Karolji has not asked for an audience with the King [William I of Prussia] to see if he has authorized Bismarck's threatening language; hopes De Lannay's visit to Turin will be harmless as Cavour is dead; if there is war in Italy Bismarck will be in a position to take advantage.
Termunification, Germany
politics, Prussian

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA6540Rechberg; Johann B. (1806-1899); Count; Austrian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister1806-1899
NA6526George V (1819-1878); King of Hanover; reigned 1851-1866 also 2nd Duke of Cumberland1819-1878
NA6289Karolyi; Mihaly (1793-1875); Count; Austrian Envoy Berlin1793-1875
NA6231Wilhelm I (1797-1888); German Emperor; ( King of Prussia from 1861 German Emperor from 1871)1797-1888
NA6541Lannay; - De (fl 1863-1867); Monsieurfl 1863-1867
NA6334Cavour; Camillo B. di (1810-1861); Count; Italian statesman1810-1861
NA6057Bloomfield; John A.D. (1802-1879); 2nd Baron Bloomfield; diplomat1802-1879
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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