Document ReferenceBu 25/51
TitleLetter from Lord Augustus Loftus, Berlin, Prussia, to Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia; 11 Nov 1870.
Date11 November 1870
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionInforms him that his son had visited and that he would have offered him hospitality had he known of the visit in advance; reports that he was in charge of 300,000 French prisoners of war; states that he did not think the French could resist the Prussian armed forces; states that modesty and moderation were never part of the Prussian character and that this was especially true under Bismarck; discusses Prussian territorial gains in Alsace Lorraine; reports that the Americans were selling armaments to France; notes that it was curious that the Prussian press defended Bazaine and suggests he was in league with Bismarck to restore the imperial dynasty; discusses Bavarian reluctance to yield to Prussian proposals and that the King was against giving the King of Prussia the title of Emperor of the Germans.
Termmilitary campaigns, Franco-Prussian War 1870-1
unification, Germany
foreigners, Prussians, attitudes to
press, Prussian

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA6957Ludwig II (1845-1886); King of Bavaria; ( succeeded 1864)1845-1886
NA6231Wilhelm I (1797-1888); German Emperor; ( King of Prussia from 1861 German Emperor from 1871)1797-1888
NA6949Bazaine; Fran├žois A. (1811-1888); General; French soldier1811-1888
NA6208Loftus; Augustus W.F.S. (1817-1904); Lord; diplomat1817-1904
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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