Document ReferenceBu 45/113
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, San Ildefonso, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 9 Aug 1859.
Date9 August 1859
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionReports that the Queen of Spain has decided to re-establish a community of monks at the Escorial Palace; a seminary will be attached to it at which monks will educate students for secular professions; Father Claret, the Queen's confessor, will be appointed Superior of the house; the Papal Nuncio has hesitated to recommend its adoption due to the influence that Father Claret has over the Queen; a convent of nuns at Aranjuez is to be divided into three, with one third remaining at Aranjuez, one third moving to Madrid, and one third moving to San Ildefonso; the nuns will be under the direction of Patrocinio, whose influence in matters of state has at times compromised the interests of Spain; this reactionary step will probably have worse implications for the Queen's ministers than herself.
Termoccupations and professions, nun
occupations and professions, monk
religions, Roman Catholic
politics, Spanish, reactionary
appointments, clerical

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6259Isabella II (1830-1904); Queen of Spain; ( reigned 1833-1868)1830-1904
NA7488Claret; - (fl 1859); Father; Catholic revivalist and confessor to Isabel IIfl 1859
NA7489Patrocinio; - (fl 1859); Sister; nun and favourite of Isabel IIfl 1859
NA7490Philip II (1527-1596); King of Spain; ( succeeded 1556)1527-1596
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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