Document ReferenceBu 45/36
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 5 Oct 1858.
Date5 October 1858
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionReports on his discussion with Caldéron Collantes on the Slave Trade ; he informed Collantes that the British Government would never consent to a modification of the right of search established by the Treaty of 1835 for the suppression of the Slave Trade; Collantes replied that some improvement might be made to the regulation of Slave Trade tribunals; they discusses measures for the more efficient suppression of the Slave Trade; Mr Collantes maintained that the present laws were sufficient, if rigorously enforced, and that the Spanish Government could not give arbitrary authority to the military authorities on Cuba; Mr Collantes argued that the Spanish Government could not apply martial law to Cuba as it had in Catalonia, because it was a different situation.

They discuss the effectiveness of the Spanish legal system on suppressing the Trade; he believes that the problems lie not with Spanish law but with its administration, in which there is much corruption; it can be compared with the Russian system.
Termslavery, slave trade
politics, Spanish, corruption
politics, British

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA6000Nicholas I (1796-1855); Tsar of Russia; ( succeeded 1825)1796-1855
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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