Document ReferenceBu 44/69
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 25 Jan 1860.
Date25 January 1860
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionInforms him O'Donnell may attempt to annex Tetuan to Spanish possessions in Africa if the Sultan of Morocco would not pay the Spanish war expenses; reports that the Seville and Cadiz Railway Company had received instructions to supply sleepers to link Tetuan with the coast as soon as possible; reports a reference made to the island of Perigol as a Spanish possession and suggests this may be designed to encourage the British Government to urge the Sultan of Morocco to agree peace on Spanish terms.

Informs him that Spanish ministers had enquired if Mr Drummond-Hay had reported on Moroccan public opinion; discusses the size of the Spanish Navy and states that the fleet which had sailed from Cuba would increase the strength of the force and enable a damaging blockade to be mounted against the Moroccan Empire; reports he had informed Ministers that English and French fleets had been ordered to retire from the Straits of Gibraltar.
Termnavies, French
transport, railways, Morocco
public opinion, Moroccan
navies, Spanish
navies, British
Moroccan affairs, 'Moroccan Question'

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA7438Seville and Cadiz Railway Company
NA6225Hay; John Hay Drummond- (1816-1893); Sir; diplomat1816-1893
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6302Muhammad IV (d 1873); Sultan of Morocco; ( succeeded 1859)d 1873
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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