Document ReferenceBu 45/171
TitleLetter from Sir A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 10 Dec 1860.
Date10 December 1860
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses the accessibility of the archives of the Spanish Monarchy to British researchers; he has obtained information about this from the archive's librarian, Mr Gayangas; the correspondence of Count Gondemar, the Ambassador to England during the reign of Charles I and Charles II, is held at Madrid; most of the documents are held at Simancas; Mr Froude, the English historian, has been advised not to visit Simancas, because of the inconveniences and privations that he would meet with; there are no indexes, the librarian is an old man in his dotage, and the archives are only open to the public between 10am and 1.30pm; the archives were carried to France during the war of independence, and some are retained at Paris, but those relevant to English history should be back in Spain.

Discusses the most suitable person to undertake research for the British Government; visiting will be easier once the next section of the railway is opened.
occupations and professions, historian
occupations and professions, librarian

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NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA6307Brackenbury; William (fl 1859-1863); Mr; diplomatfl 1859-1863
NA7512Prescott; William H. (fl 1860); Mrfl 1860
NA7513Froud; - (fl 1860); Mr; historianfl 1860
NA7514Bergennoth; - (fl 1860); Herr; Prussian historianfl 1860
NA7515Gayangas; Pascual (fl 1860); SeƱor; Spanish librarianfl 1860
NA7516Teran; - (fl 1860); Monsieur; French 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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