Document ReferenceBu 46/66
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to Lord John Russell [later 1st Earl Russell], Foreign Office, London; 22 Nov 1859.
Date22 November 1859
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses the content of a note received from Calderón Collantes regarding the debt owed by Spain to Great Britain; reveals the Spanish Government have deducted several thousand pounds from the sum demanded and explains the reasons why; reveals Mr Collantes has been informed that the British Government will accept the terms requested on condition that the whole of the debt is paid in one instalment, otherwise 5 per cent will be added to subsequent instalments; reports the Spanish Government have met the claim 'in an honourable spirit'; explains the debt has remained unsettled because previous Spanish Governments had not given the matter their urgent attention; comments that it is 'curious' that a fire in the Spanish War Office and 'a similar accident in the Tower of London' should have destroyed so many important papers.
TermSpanish affairs, government
foreign relations, Spain and Great Britain, debt
arms and weapons, supply of
trade, arms and weapons

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
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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