Document ReferenceBu 45/129
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 12 Dec 1859.
Date12 December 1859
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionReports on a discussion that he has had with Mr Collantes regarding debts owed to Britain by Spain; Mr Collantes became very angry and said that he [Buchanan] always thwarted his policy; Mr Collantes complained bitterly of the position which the British Government had put him in over the African Question; Mr Collantes claimed that, on the Moorish Question he [Buchanan] had "driven the whole country towards the Pyrenees"; he [Buchanan] stated that the British Government regretted the course which it had been obliged to pursue regarding Morocco; they discussed the apparent indifference of France to Spain's alleged intention of conquering the mediterranean coast of Morocco; Mr Collantes argued that Spain would be no obstacle to France if she wished to conquer Morocco.

They discussed the matter of a French-Spanish alliance in the event of a European war; they discussed the present difficult relations between Spain and Britain.
Termpolitics, Spanish, foreign policy
foreign policy, Spanish
territorial dispute, Morocco 1859

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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