Document ReferenceBu 45/151
TitleLetter from Sir A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 21 Apr 1860.
Date21 April 1860
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionReports that General Ortega, after his arrest, claimed that the Emperor and Empress of the French were involved in the Carlist movement, of which he had been the victim; the Spanish Minister at Vienna has heard that the Emperor and Empress of the French were aware of Count Montemolín's plans; it is said that French ships appeared off the coasts of Alicante and Algeciras at the time of the rebellion; he [Buchanan] does not attach much importance to these coincidences, but the Spanish people do; there is great distrust of France at the highest levels of Spanish Government; Mr Collantes stated that General Ortega had not mentioned the Emperor and Empress in his official statements, and does not believe that they were implicated; Mr Collantes was very guarded in what he said.

Mr Collantes has long suspected that the French Emperor may be planning to extend his empire; a Spanish Minister has stated to him [Buchanan] that he had been opposed to the recent war in Morocco, as it was likely to upset the good relations that it was wise for Spain to cultivate with England, given that France was increasingly becoming a threat to the peace of Europe; comments on the Spanish tendency to exaggerate.
Termpolitics, Spanish, Carlists
politics, Spanish, foreign policy
foreign policy, Spanish
civil disorder, insurrections
Moroccan affairs, 'Moroccan Question'
politics, French, foreign policy
foreign policy, French

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA7496Ortega; Gonz lez (fl 1860-1861); Señor; Carlistfl 1860-1861
NA6382Carlos Luis (1818-1861); Count of Montemolín; (son of the pretender Don Carlos; also styled Carlos VI of Spain and the Indies)1818-1861
NA1901Napoléon III (1808-1873); Emperor of the French; president of 2nd French Republic 1850-52 emperor 1852-701808-1873
NA6948Eugénie (1826-1920); Empress of the French; wife of Napoléon III1826-1920
NA6383Serrano y Dominguez; Francisco (1810-1885); Duke de la Torre; Spanish general and politician1810-1885
NA7502Ayllon; - (fl 1860); Señor; Spanish diplomatfl 1860
NA7503Gaben; - (fl 1860); Count; Prussian diplomatfl 1860
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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