Document ReferenceBu 45/105
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 9 July 1859.
Date9 July 1859
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses a letter by Señor Mora which has appeared in the press, on the subject of the late state trials, in which he hints that he may be about to make disclosures about people hitherto deemed to be innocent; Mr Collantes, who was acquitted, has left the country; comments that the highest personages in the nation may be compromised by the threatened disclosures; Marshal O'Donnell still appears to have the confidence of the Queen and King; the friends of Mr Collantes insinuate that Marshal O'Donnell permitted the trials in order to discredit the dynasty and revive intrigues to bring about a union of the Crowns of Spain and Portugal; his brother Henry is military governor of Madrid and commands the Queen's guard at Aranjuez; he will be away no more than two weeks, as the Queen wishes to keep him near her.

It appears that the Queen feels indebted to her present advisers for the peaceful state that Spain has enjoyed for the last year; comments that Spaniards seem proud that events in Spain are not governed by the laws which regulate the affairs of other states.
Termpress, Spanish
politics, Spanish
judicial system, Spanish, state trials

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6259Isabella II (1830-1904); Queen of Spain; ( reigned 1833-1868)1830-1904
NA7439Francisco (1822-1902); King of Spain and the Indies; ( King Consort of Isabel II)1822-1902
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6277Collantes; Esteban (fl 1859); Señor; Spanish politicianfl 1859
NA7483O'Donnell; Henry (fl 1859); General; brother of Leopoldo O'Donnell and Military Governor of Madridfl 1859
NA7484Mora; - (fl 1859); Señor; Spanish diplomatfl 1859
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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