Document ReferenceBu 45/165
TitleLetter from Sir A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 12 Nov 1860.
Date12 November 1860
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionReports that Mr Olosaga asked him for his views on the Italian Question, which he might mention in his [Mr Olosaga's] speech to the Congress; Mr Olosaga said that if war was to break out in Europe, the Queen [Isabel] was sure to espouse the cause of the Pope; he also said that although it suited her at present to temporise, she was entirely in the hands of the nun Patrocinio and her confessor, and if the opportunity offered she would most definitely get rid of the present government and give her assistance to the Pope; it is too late for Marshall O'Donnell to get rid of those persons from the Court, and they will eventually crush him.

He [Buchanan] pointed out that in a general European war England will hardly be interested in protecting the Pope, and that for Spain, war with England would mean loss of Cuba and the Philippines; discusses his lack of confidence in Mr Olósaga's predictions, especially his belief that the opposition parties would unite to overthrow the Government; the last 20 years of Spanish history do not inspire confidence in either the prudence of the government or the means by which the Spanish people will gratify their ambition.
Termpolitics, Spanish, foreign policy
foreign policy, Spanish
unification, Italy

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6259Isabella II (1830-1904); Queen of Spain; ( reigned 1833-1868)1830-1904
NA7455Olózaga; Salustiano (1805-1873); Señor; Spanish politician1805-1873
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6087Pius IX (1792-1878); Pope; Giovanni M.M. Ferretti Pope from 18461792-1878
NA7489Patrocinio; - (fl 1859); Sister; nun and favourite of Isabel IIfl 1859
NA7488Claret; - (fl 1859); Father; Catholic revivalist and confessor to Isabel IIfl 1859
NA7504Gonz lez Bravo; Luis (1811-1871); Señor; Spanish statesman1811-1871
NA6444Concha; José G. de la (1805-1895); General; Captain-General of Cuba and Catalonia1805-1895
NA7421Salamanca; José (1811-1883); Marquess; Spanish politician1811-1883
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
PL5693/Philippine Islands
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