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TitleLetter from 4th Earl of Clarendon [G. Villiers], Foreign Office, London, to A. Buchanan, Copenhagen, Denmark; 4 Mar 1854.
Date4 March 1854
Extent7 ff
Content DescriptionInforms him that he had carried out his duties very well and that the Admiralty had been over-ambitious in attempting to secure the closure of Copenhagen and the Danish Sound to the Russians; it was his belief that the Danes should be convinced of the 'friendly intentions' of the British; gives him permission to read his despatch to Count de Bluhme; states that it was important for strict Danish neutrality to be maintained; desired his policy statement be known to General Oxholm; informs him that Mr P Graham wished to establish a marine hospital at Copenhagen and asks him to mention this suggestion to de Bluhme; instructs him to attempt to get de Bluhme to look at the longer term view regarding the war with Russia, ie to secure the liberty of Europe, principally Germany, from Russian aggression.

Urges him to use tact in attempting to win de Bluhme over to the side of Britain and France; asks him to send all available information on the current situation in the Baltic.

PS Asks him to tell de Bluhme that he appreciates the appointment of General Oxholm, who he considered to be an excellent Minister.
Termmilitary campaigns, neutrality
military campaigns, Crimean War 1853-6
hospitals, naval

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6153Graham; P. (fl 1854); Mrfl 1854
NA6151Oxholm; - (fl 1854-1863); Generalfl 1854-1863
NA6116Bluhme; Christian A. (1794-1866); Mr; Danish minister1794-1866
NA6093Villiers; George W.F. (1800-1870); 4th Earl of Clarendon1800-1870
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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