Document ReferenceBu 45/35
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 5 Sep 1858.
Date5 September 1858
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionReports that the Spanish Government is hesitating over whether to accept the British explanation of the comments made in the House of Lords [on the slave trade]; he has discussed this with Señor Negreti, the Minister of Grace and Justice; it should be satisfactory to the Government but the Cortes would not accept it without the despatch being called for and if produced, it would cause problems; he regrets that the issue is not settled; he stated to Mr Negreti that the Earl of Malmesbury would never retract the comments that he had made; he hopes that he will have the chance to confer with Mr Caldéron Collantes before the Spanish take any further steps in on this matter.

Believes that the best line to take on this subject is that until Spain has adopted every possible means of suppressing the slave trade, the British Government has a right to complain that Spain has not fulfilled her obligations; discusses what he will say to Caldéron Collantes.
Termslavery, slave trade
politics, Spanish
parliamentary business, House of Lords
parliamentary business, speeches

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA7450Negreti; - (fl 1858); Señor; Spanish statesmanfl 1858
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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