Document ReferenceBu 25/17
TitleLetter from E. Hammond [later 1st Baron Hammond], Foreign Office, London, to Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia; 16 Feb 1870.
Date16 February 1870
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionInforms him that Gorchackov's 'designs against the Turks' were reported everywhere, even by Count Beust; comments on Mansfield's report on the new railway which may weaken the position of Russia on the Polish frontier; states that it was his opinion that Gorchakov was preparing for war; comments on Bismarck's recent defeat in the upper house which may cause a crisis in Prussia; discusses the possibility of a Prussian alliance with Austria and the effect this would have on Russian designs against Turkey; informs him that Layard was doing well in Spain but that he complained about his house which Crampton had left as a 'pig sty.'

Informs him that a large number of despatches had been sent from Brunnow to Catagazy and speculates on their contents; comments on Russian activity in the Black Sea and states that the experience of Sebastopol should have warned them against such an action; informs him that the Irish Land Bill had been launched but that he had not yet had time to read Gladstone's speech which ran to many pages.
TermIrish affairs, Irish Question
transport, railways
politics, Prussian
parliamentary business, bills, Irish Land Bill 1870
parliamentary business, speeches

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6571Beust; Friedrich F. von (1809-1886); Count; Austrian politician1809-1886
NA141Gorchakov; Alexander M. (1798-1883); Prince; Russian Foreign Minister1798-1883
NA6786Catagazy; - (fl 1866-1871); Monsieurfl 1866-1871
NA6099Brunnow; Philipp I. von (1797-1875); Baron; Russian diplomat1797-1875
NA982Gladstone; William E. (1809-1898); P.M. 1868-74 1880-85 1886 1892-941809-1898
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA6449Layard; Austen H. (1817-1894); Sir; diplomat and politician1817-1894
NA6734Mansfield; Charles E. (1828-1907); Sir; diplomat1828-1907
NA6206Crampton; John Fiennes Twisleton (1805-1886); 2nd Baronet; succ. 1858; British Diplomatic Service1805-1886
NA6023Hammond; Edmund (1802-1890); 1st Baron Hammond1802-1890
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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