Document ReferenceBu 16/39
TitleLetter from 10th Baron Napier [F. Napier], St Petersburg, Russia, to Sir A. Buchanan; 23 Dec 1863.
Date23 December 1863
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionThanks him for his letter and memorandum, which he would otherwise have been shown by Gorchakov; there was a report that the King of Denmark had refused the proposals [regarding Schleswig-Holstein]; Gorchakov takes a pessimistic view; cannot understand the attitude of Bismarck; is glad that Lord Russell has agreed to the conference taking place in Paris; the weather had turned colder enabling skating to take place; gives court gossip about Dimitri Nesselrode, son of Count Karl Nesselrode, who had grown a black beard; he had told the Emperor that he was going to Zurich to see his son; the Emperor had asked why he did not bring up his son in Russia and Nesselrode replied that it was too expensive; for revenge, the Emperor banned beards on those being presented at court.
Termmilitary campaigns, Second Schleswig-Holstein War 1863-4
sports, skating
social conduct, protocol

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA141Gorchakov; Alexander M. (1798-1883); Prince; Russian Foreign Minister1798-1883
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
NA6058Nesselrode; Karl R. (1780-1862); Count; Russian Foreign Minister1780-1862
NA6605Nesselrode; Dimitri (fl 1863); Count; son of Count Karl Nesselrodefl 1863
NA6192Alexander II (1818-1881); Emperor of all the Russias; (succeeded 1855)1818-1881
NA6390Napier; Francis (1819-1898); 10th Baron Napier; succeeded 1834 also Baron Ettrick from 1872 diplomat1819-1898
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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