Document ReferenceBu 25/52
TitleLetter from Lord Augustus Loftus, Berlin, Prussia, to Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia; 25 Nov 1870.
Date25 November 1870
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionThanks him for his letter and informs him that his despatches have now been sent to England; states that in his opinion the affair with Russia was more serious than was thought and that Bismarck was attempting to persuade Turkey to accept the 'Russian circular' and that he would endeavour to draw Italy in his wake; Gorchakov seemed to have taken Bismarck at his word and would not be outwitted by him; expresses hope that the present 'emergency' as Lord Russell calls it would awaken the British nation, even if war did not break out; praises Lord Granville's handling of the situation; informs him that Paris had provisions for 2 months and that Bismarck was starting to favour the idea of bombardment against the wishes of the King and informs him that Bismarck had not been on speaking terms with Count Moltke.
Termmilitary campaigns, Franco-Prussian War 1870-1
military campaigns, siege of Paris
unification, Germany
treaties, Treaty of Paris 1856, Russian repudiation

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6958Moltke; Helmuth (1800-1891); Count von; Prussian soldier1800-1891
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
NA140Bismarck; Otto E.L. von (1815-1898); Prince; German statesman and Prussian minister-president1815-1898
NA141Gorchakov; Alexander M. (1798-1883); Prince; Russian Foreign Minister1798-1883
NA6137Gower; Granville G. Leveson- (1815-1891); 2nd Earl Granville; diplomat M.P. statesman1815-1891
NA6208Loftus; Augustus W.F.S. (1817-1904); Lord; diplomat1817-1904
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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