Document ReferenceBu 45/117
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, San Ildefonso, Spain, Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 16 Aug 1859.
Date16 August 1859
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionComments on the Spanish distrust of the French Emperor, and fear of a rupture between England and France which could be disastrous for Spain; they could not remain neutral in the event of a war between Britain and France; Marshall O'Donnell is of a reserved disposition and rarely goes into society; therefore he [Buchanan] usually has to gauge his opinions by means of his colleagues, but he [O'Donnell] has stated to him that he has been falsely accused of being hostile to England; it appears that he [O'Donnell] is not on intimate terms with the French Ambassador; the chief members of the Spanish Government tend to be anti-French; the Spanish press tend to portray the Ultra Moderatos as favouring an alliance with the French, but this is probably an attempt to discredit them.

However, there is a chance that Spain may be tempted into an alliance with France by her growing desire to regain her former position as a Great Power and to regain Gibraltar; this feeling may be stronger than her fear of losing Cuba through the hostility of England.
Termpolitics, Spanish, Moderato Party
press, Spanish
politics, Spanish, foreign policy
foreign policy, Spanish

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6227Comyn; Juan (fl 1858-1861); Señor; Spanish Under Secretary of Statefl 1858-1861
NA6338Ist£riz; Francisco J. (1790-1871); Señor; Spanish politician1790-1871
NA7478Soberal; - (fl 1859); Mr; in Spainfl 1859
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
NA1901Napoléon III (1808-1873); Emperor of the French; president of 2nd French Republic 1850-52 emperor 1852-701808-1873
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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