Document ReferenceBu 45/159
TitleLetter from Sir A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 22 Oct 1860.
Date22 October 1860
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses the possible threat posed by "the restless ambition" of the French Emperor and the hostility towards France felt in Spain's frontier provinces; Mr Negreti believes Spain to be strong enough to defend herself in a conflict with France, but believes that an alliance with England would be necessary to protect her colonies; he [Buchanan] expressed relief that British fears that Spain might ally with France in order to recover Gibraltar and other territory were unfounded; Mr Negreti also believes that the conduct of Sardinia might be advantageous to Spain; reports on similar sentiments expressed by General Concha; General Concha believes that the new Italian State will prove a useful ally to Spain.

The Sardinian Minister has complained to Marshal O'Donnell of criticisms of the Kings of Sardinia which have appeared; they are fiercely in support of the Neapolitan branch of the Bourbon family; the Spanish Government needs to find a moderate course between these two standpoints; Mr Mora, the Spanish Ambassador to Paris, has altered his view of the French Emperor and is now convinced that Europe has no hope of peace while he is in power.
Termpolitics, Spanish, foreign policy
foreign policy, Spanish
unification, Italy
politics, French, foreign policy
foreign policy, French
foreign policy, British

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA7450Negreti; - (fl 1858); Señor; Spanish statesmanfl 1858
NA6444Concha; José G. de la (1805-1895); General; Captain-General of Cuba and Catalonia1805-1895
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6259Isabella II (1830-1904); Queen of Spain; ( reigned 1833-1868)1830-1904
NA7484Mora; - (fl 1859); Señor; Spanish diplomatfl 1859
NA1901Napoléon III (1808-1873); Emperor of the French; president of 2nd French Republic 1850-52 emperor 1852-701808-1873
NA6280Vittorio Emanuele II (1820-1878); King of Italy; ( King of Sardinia from 1849 King of Italy from 1861)1820-1878
NA7492Barrot; - (fl 1859); Monsieur; French diplomatfl 1859
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
PL1920/Kingdom of the Two Sicilies/Italy
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