Document ReferenceBu 16/73
TitleLetter from Sir H. Howard, Hanover, to Sir A. Buchanan; 3 Dec 1863.
Date3 December 1863
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionReports that he has succeeded in keeping the Hanoverian Government straight regarding the Treaty of May 1852; Austria and Prussia consider themselves bound by the Treaty; mentions Denmark's obligations concerning Holstein and Lauenburg; Platen advocated annexation rather than occupation as the rights of the King of Denmark would be preserved; the King of Hanover had received King Christian's letter of notification; enquires if the King of Prussia had received his; the King of Hanover has no sympathy for the Prince of Augustenburg; considered the sanction by King Christian of the German Constitution as unwise; the French Emperor wishes to see the integrity of Denmark threatened as this would offer him a pretext to seize the Rhineland.

Reports that Russia has proposed that the Great Powers meet at Copenhagen; suggests that the British Government should oppose the breaking up of Denmark as this would calm the Germans; states that the conduct of most of the German sovereigns during the crisis had been 'cowardly and dishonest'.

PS Wishes Lord Russell would notify him of the advice he gave to Copenhagen.
Termmilitary campaigns, Second Schleswig-Holstein War 1863-4

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6150Christian IX (1818-1906 ); King of Denmark; (succeeded 1863)1818-1906
NA6526George V (1819-1878); King of Hanover; reigned 1851-1866 also 2nd Duke of Cumberland1819-1878
NA6231Wilhelm I (1797-1888); German Emperor; ( King of Prussia from 1861 German Emperor from 1871)1797-1888
NA6565Friedrich VIII (1829-1880 ); Duke of Schleswig-Holstein; ( Duke Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg)1829-1880
NA6146Christian August (1798-1869); Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg1798-1869
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
NA6157Platen; August G. von (fl 1863); Countfl 1863
NA6083Howard; Henry F. (1809-1898); Sir; British Diplomatic Service1809-1898
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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