Document ReferenceBu 45/45
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 7 Sep 1858.
Date7 September 1858
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionReports that the Marquis Turgot's removal to Berne has caused a sensation; does not believe that this move can be attributed to the Marquis's alleged patronage of General O'Donnell; the representation of the French Embassy respecting the Queen's wish that the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour should be conferred on the Prince of the Asturias have caused great displeasure in Paris, and this may have something to do with the Marquis's removal; the Marquis's relations with Madame de Montijo, mother of the Empress, have been unfriendly and the Emperor may hope that the Marquess's removal may avoid any acts of indiscretion on her part.

It may happen that if the Prince of the Asturias does not receive the French decoration, the enemies of General O'Donnell may undermine his favour with the Queen by pointing to his lack of influence in Paris.
Termpatronage, political
honours and decorations, Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6141Turgot; Louis F.E. (1796-1866); Marquis de; French statesman1796-1866
NA6259Isabella II (1830-1904); Queen of Spain; ( reigned 1833-1868)1830-1904
NA7148Alfonso XII (1857-1885); King of Spain and the Indies; (succeeded 1874)1857-1885
NA7451Montijo; Maria M.E. (fl 1826-1858); Countess; mother of Empress Eugeniefl 1826-1858
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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