Document ReferenceBu 45/52
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 25 Sep 1858.
Date25 September 1858
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionEncloses a copy of a letter from Mr Manby, a British subject and representative of a French company at Seville who had been contracted to build the Cordoba and Seville railway; Mr Manby complains that he had been arrested at Cadiz and brought at a prisoner to Seville by order of the Captain General of Andalusia, because he had ignored a court summons; he had explained to the Captain General that he had left instructions at Seville for his attorney to appear for him; Mr Manby described his arrest as a "scandalous false imprisonment"; the Spanish press believe that the General maintained the dignity of his court; it would be impossible for him to obtain redress for Mr Manby, although his has complained to the Foreign Minister; he has enlisted the help of Mr Murphy, lawyer to the British legation.

Mr Murphy's opinion is that a person cannot be proceeded against for contempt of court until the summons has been ignored three times; Mr Manby will be satisfied with an apology; he therefore thinks it best not to seek further redress; comments on the power of Captain Generals in the provinces; the French company has complained of injury to itself as a consequence of the arrest; he is urging satisfaction for Mr Manby as soon as possible.
Termjudicial system, Spanish
press, Spanish
politics, Spanish, provincial
justice, prison
transport, railways

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA6258O'Donnell; Leopoldo (1809-1867); Duke of Tetuan; general and politician1809-1867
NA7417Manby; Charles (1804-1884); Mr; civil engineer1804-1884
NA7453Murphy; - (fl 1858); Mr; lawyer to British legation in Spainfl 1858
NA7454Lafatero; - (fl 1858); General; Captain-General of Andalusiafl 1858
NA6339Williams; George (fl 1858-1859); Mr; British Vice Consul in Sevillefl 1858-1859
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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