Document ReferenceBu 25/34
TitleLetter from E. Hammond [later 1st Baron Hammond], Foreign Office, London, to Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia; 2 Nov 1870.
Date2 November 1870
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionReports that the Foreign office was in a state of stagnation while awaiting the outcome of Thiers' mission but did not doubt that there would be a violent reaction in Paris; speculates that Prussia would have to lay siege to Paris and states that this would be difficult, but that the Prussian army was well supplied; reports that Beust was suspicious of the Russians but that there were rumours in Berlin of an understanding between Prussia and Russia; expresses doubt that this understanding would damage Turkey and suggests neither Bismarck or Russia would want another war and that Beust was 'making mischief'; encloses evidence of the Diplomatic Committee [not present]; reports that the Americans were selling weapons to France.

Informs him he will receive the answer to Bernstorff's letter; reports that Bismarck was manipulating the German press and states the Prussian people were tired of war; reports the war was having an adverse effect on the harvest; comments on events in China; reports that the Pope was maintaining a 'dignified seclusion' in the Vatican, speculates that he may snub Victor Emmanuel when he entered Rome and reports Bismarck had probably suggested the Pope take up residence in Cologne; has passed Colonel Blane's application for leave to the War Office; comments on Russian policy in the Black Sea; reports that the Empress Eugénie had published a statement denying participation in Prussian intrigue; reports Spain had a new King and that this was the best hope of escaping anarchy.
Termmonarchy, Spanish
military campaigns, Franco-Prussian War 1870-1
unification, Germany
press, Prussian
Italian affairs, 'Roman Question'

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6558Thiers; Louis A. (1797-1877); Monsieur; French statesman and historian1797-1877
NA6948Eugénie (1826-1920); Empress of the French; wife of Napoléon III1826-1920
NA6280Vittorio Emanuele II (1820-1878); King of Italy; ( King of Sardinia from 1849 King of Italy from 1861)1820-1878
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA6747Blane; Robert (-1871); Colonel; military attaché in St Petersburg-1871
NA6199Bernstorff; Albrecht (1809-1873); Count1809-1873
NA6571Beust; Friedrich F. von (1809-1886); Count; Austrian politician1809-1886
NA6087Pius IX (1792-1878); Pope; Giovanni M.M. Ferretti Pope from 18461792-1878
NA6950Amadeo I (1845-1890); King of Spain; (Prince Amadeo of Savoy; reigned 1870-73)1845-1890
NA6023Hammond; Edmund (1802-1890); 1st Baron Hammond1802-1890
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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