Document ReferenceBu 45/102
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 22 June 1859.
Date22 June 1859
Extent10 ff
Content DescriptionBookmarked

Reports on the present political situation in Spain; discusses the financial resources of the Spanish Government; reports on the progress of railway building, and the use of steamships; reports on the strength of the Spanish army and navy; comments on the effort in Spain to raise the country above the low level to which it had sunk to as a result of a long period of bad government, and a series of national disasters; the government's recent policy towards Mexico and Morocco demonstrates an awareness of its growing strength; the great weakness of Spanish Government is the influence of the court; no administration can survive without the support of the capricious and untrustworthy monarchy; discusses the previous year's crisis over the electoral lists.

Discusses the composition and proceedings of the Congress; discusses Marshal O'Donnell's reputation; discusses proposals to reform the press; comments that the present administration clearly desired reform; he believes that the best policy for a British minister is to keep himself detached from the day-to-day political intrigues and party struggles in the Spanish Government.
Termtransport, railways, Spain
transport, shipping
armies, Spanish
navies, Spanish
politics, Spanish, reform
politics, Spanish, foreign policy
foreign policy, Spanish
politics, Spanish, elections
politics, Spanish, corruption
monarchy, Spanish
press, Spanish

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6259Isabella II (1830-1904); Queen of Spain; ( reigned 1833-1868)1830-1904
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6338Ist£riz; Francisco J. (1790-1871); Señor; Spanish politician1790-1871
NA6384Narv ez; Ramón M. (1799-1868); Duke of Valencia; general and politician1799-1868
NA7480Nocedal; Candido (1821-1885); Señor; Spanish politician1821-1885
NA7455Olózaga; Salustiano (1805-1873); Señor; Spanish politician1805-1873
NA7481Escorsura; - (fl 1856); Señor; Spanish politicianfl 1856
NA6277Collantes; Esteban (fl 1859); Señor; Spanish politicianfl 1859
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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