Document ReferenceBu 46/50
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 31 Mar 1859.
Date31 March 1859
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionReports Spain is ready to pay the debt providing it is 'justly due'; reveals it appears that no proper account was ever presented to the Spanish Government as nothing could be found in their archives; discusses the number of muskets supplied and explains this forms the main part of the debt; reveals that a large number of muskets cannot be accounted for; explains they may have been confused with the rifles supplied at the same time; requests that Her Majesty's Ordnance Office prepares 'a statement from their own books' to 'prove the quantities shipped'; reports it is unreasonable to expect the Spanish Government to pay such a large debt without investigation.
TermSpanish affairs, government
foreign affairs, Spain and Great Britain, debt
arms and weapons, supply of
trade, arms and armaments

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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