Document ReferenceBu 46/59
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, San Ildefonso, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 18 July 1859.
Date18 July 1859
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses a meeting with Mr Prendergast; reveals the Spanish Government has requested a reduction in the cost of the last 100,000 muskets, as many of them proved 'unserviceable'; expresses surprise that the question of quality should be raised 'after so many years have elapsed'; reveals the amount demanded by Great Britain may double if interest is added and this may persuade the Spanish Government to settle the debt without further discussion; reveals Calderón Collantes has not been informed of the content of this despatch in case he 'instructs Mr Prendergast to be less frank in his communication'; reveals no reductions 'should be granted on an account which ought to have been paid twenty years ago'.
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
NA6299Prendergast; Jacobo (fl 1859-1860)fl 1859-1860
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA139Russell; John (1792-1878); 1st Earl Russell1792-1878
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