Document ReferenceBu 16/45
TitleLetter from 10th Baron Napier [F. Napier], St Petersburg, Russia, to Sir A. Buchanan; 3 Mar 1864.
Date3 March 1864
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionRefers to reports about divisions within the royal family and the 'delusions of the poor Queen'; expects these to have been exaggerated but must be based on an element of truth; the Russians intend to keep England and France apart; suggests that the fleet in Copenhagen may be used to protect the King of Denmark against his own parliament rather than Denmark from Germany; encloses a copy of a pamphlet [not present] on the Polish question; had news from Mr Milintine about the position of the peasantry; the peasants are all to be turned into freeholders; it seems that England will soon be the only country in which the labourer does not own his land and if he wished to do so, he must go to Canada; comments in general on the position of labourers in Europe and the Russian Emancipation Act [of the serfs].
Termfeudalism, serfs, emancipation of in Russia
civil disorder, Polish Rebellion 1863
occupations and professions, labourer
land, reform

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6150Christian IX (1818-1906 ); King of Denmark; (succeeded 1863)1818-1906
NA6608Milyutin; D.A. (1816-1912); Count; Russian Minister of War; general1816-1912
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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