Document ReferenceBu 45/51
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 24 Sep 1858.
Date24 September 1858
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionReports that a royal decree has been issued ordering elections to the new congress; Posada Herrera has announced that the Cabinet intends to govern within the existing constitution [1845, amended in 1857]; Herrera nevertheless states that they are willing to consider administrative and legal reform, including establishing Trial by Jury; they area trying to reach an agreement with the Catholic Church regarding church property; the moderate journals are unhappy with this, and although the liberals are fairly satisfied, they do not yet place their confidence in the Cabinet; those with liberal opinions may now take the opportunity to enter upon more determined opposition.

Some people who previously professed loyalty to General O'Donnell now declare that their illusions have been destroyed, and they cannot expect any reforms from him; he has not heard whether any members of the Progressivista Party have resigned; as the present Government is likely to be just a successful as all previous ones in causing a congress to returned that favours its policy, the only real threat is a possible withdrawal of the Queen's favour or a court intrigue.
Termpolitics, Spanish
politics, Spanish, reform
judicial system, Spanish, reform
politics, Spanish, Progressivista Party
politics, Spanish, elections
religions, Roman Catholic
press, Spanish

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6407Herrera; José de Posada (1815-1885); Señor; Spanish politician1815-1885
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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