Document ReferenceBu 15/33
TitleLetter from 2nd Baron Bloomfield [J. Bloomfield], Weidlingau, Austria, to Sir A. Buchanan, Berlin, Prussia; 23 Sep 1863.
Date23 September 1863
Extent6 ff
Content DescriptionStates that is sorry he had returned to Berlin without visiting; discusses the weather; German reforms and the Schleswig-Holstein question will keep him busy; has told Rechberg that he would be able to pass reform measures without Prussian support; Austria intends to press ahead and he hopes they will succeed in achieving a measure of democracy; notes the power struggle between Austria and Prussia and Prussian attempts to secure the upper hand since the establishment of the Zollverein; Prussia is attempting to secure power in Hesse-Cassel, Brunswick, Hanover and Saxony; that would also give her the Rhine.

States that Prussia is simply a German power that has no influence in the 'Great Council of Europe' and notes that she is 'laughed at' in St Petersburg; comments that Prussian behaviour is worse under Bismarck than it was under Manteuffel; thanks him for sending Lord Russell and Lord Palmerston's thoughts on Austrian reforms; discusses the attitude of Austria and Prussia to reform; Sir Charles Wyke has arrived from Karlsbad; he has been invited to speak on Mexico but Lord Russell had prevented this as his opinions may have upset France.
Termtrade, Zollverein
politics, Austrian, reform
politics, Prussian, reform

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA6205Manteuffel; Otto T.F. von (1805-1882); Baron; statesman retired 18581805-1882
NA6540Rechberg; Johann B. (1806-1899); Count; Austrian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister1806-1899
NA6386Wyke; Charles L. (1815-1897); Sir; diplomat1815-1897
NA143Temple; Henry John (1784-1865); 3rd Viscount Palmerston; succ. 1802; statesman; Prime Minster 1855-1858 and 1859-18651784-1865
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
NA6057Bloomfield; John A.D. (1802-1879); 2nd Baron Bloomfield; diplomat1802-1879
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
PL2306/Carlsbad/Bohemia/Central Europe
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