Document ReferenceBu 2/22
TitleLetter from H. Howard, Berlin, Prussia, to A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia; 9 Dec 1848.
Date9 December 1848
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionHas to précis a large number of despatches for Lord Ponsonby; the King of Prussia was friendly towards the President [von Gagern] of the German Parliament when he came to Berlin; he had come to submit the Frankfurt Decree, frame a German constitution and persuade him to accept the Imperial crown of Germany; this was declined by the King; Gagern failed to persuade the elements of the national assembly to see reason; the Conservative party was unhappy about the middle classes gaining influence; gives his view of opinion in England that 'we should remain aloof' from affairs of the continent and guard commercial interests; Lord Palmerston's speech on Russia gave a favourable impression on those grounds; is glad that he is in St Petersburg which is an important post.

Does not believe that the Prussian Government will ever accept the Frankfurt Constitution.
Termpolitics, German, Frankfurt Decree
constitutions, German, reform
foreign policy, British
politics, German, political parties
politics, German, class system
business and commerce

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6045Ponsonby; John (c.1770-1855); 1st Viscount Ponsonby; Ambassador at Vienna; 2nd Baron cr. viscount 1839c.1770-1855
NA6081Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861); King of Prussia; ( succeeded 1840)1795-1861
NA6082Gagern; Henrich W.A.F. von (1799-1880); Herr; President of the Frankfurt Parliament1799-1880
NA143Temple; Henry John (1784-1865); 3rd Viscount Palmerston; succ. 1802; statesman; Prime Minster 1855-1858 and 1859-18651784-1865
NA6083Howard; Henry F. (1809-1898); Sir; British Diplomatic Service1809-1898
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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