Document ReferenceBu 16/71
TitleLetter from Sir H. Howard, Hanover, to Sir A. Buchanan; 12 Nov 1863.
Date12 November 1863
Extent7 ff
Content DescriptionInforms him of the attitude of the Government and the King of Hanover to the Congress proposed by the Emperor Napoléon; Platen hopes that Austria will come to an understanding; a certain amount of distrust was displayed as Bismarck is thought to favour a Franco/Prussian alliance; the King of Hanover's reply to the invitation of Napoléon III recognised his efforts to reach an understanding; Platen felt it would not be prudent to refuse the congress point blank; Platen felt that Napoléon wished to use the congress to form alliances to enable him to repossess the left bank of the Rhine; France may come to an understanding with Prussia on Poland; asks to be informed of the Prussian Government's views on the matter; reports great anxiety in Hanover which hoped for Austrian support.

Platen believed that Lord John Russell's mediation would be accepted regarding the Schleswig-Holstein question; Hanover would support Saxon troops on the frontier with Holstein; Platen mentioned [Buchanan's] proposal which was transmitted to Denmark as a result of a conversation with Bismarck and Hall's reply; Platen believed that Prussia would go to war if Austria showed any weakness; there was emphasis placed on the maintenance of the whole Zollverein; agreement would only be possible if Prussia agreed to a modification of article 31 of the French Treaty; Bavaria was resolved not to adopt the treaty without modification; sends regards to Lady Buchanan.

PS Enquired if Lowther had returned and if he had heard anything 'on the Crampton business'; had received a telegraph from Sir Henry Bulwer from Florence.
Termtrade, Zollverein
military campaigns, Second Schleswig-Holstein War 1863-4
unification, Germany
European affairs, Schleswig-Holstein question
foreign relations, Schleswig-Holstein question

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1901Napoléon III (1808-1873); Emperor of the French; president of 2nd French Republic 1850-52 emperor 1852-701808-1873
NA6526George V (1819-1878); King of Hanover; reigned 1851-1866 also 2nd Duke of Cumberland1819-1878
NA6157Platen; August G. von (fl 1863); Countfl 1863
NA6233Buchanan; Georgiana E. (-1904); Lady Buchanan; née Stuart 2nd wife of Andrew Buchanan-1904
NA6206Crampton; John Fiennes Twisleton (1805-1886); 2nd Baronet; succ. 1858; British Diplomatic Service1805-1886
NA6207Bulwer; W. Henry L. Earle (1801-1872); 1st Baron Dalling and Bulwer; diplomat cr. baron 18711801-1872
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA6239Lowther; William (1821-1912); Mr; diplomat and M.P.1821-1912
NA6230Hall; Carl C. (1812-1888); -; Danish P.M. 1857-1859 and 1860-18631812-1888
NA6083Howard; Henry F. (1809-1898); Sir; British Diplomatic Service1809-1898
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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