Document ReferenceBu 46/7
TitleLetter from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J.Harris], Foreign Office, London; 7 Nov 1858.
Date7 November 1858
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionReports the views of the Minister of Marine [?] [Admiral Luesada] on the policy of Spain towards Mexico; states his view of the necessity and inevitability of the use of Spanish force against Mexico and America; reports on the gathering Spanish war ships and troops at Cuba; discusses the threat of Spanish pirates to the Californian gold trade; reports the minister's hope and belief that Britain and France would join Spain against Mexico and America.

Relays the threat of ships, which are acting for the governement of Manilla gainst Philippine pirates, which could be used at short notice against American commerce; talks of the favourable balance in the Spanish Treasury; explains how he reminded the minister that Britain would benefit in terms of trade should America extend her territory; discusses the military tactics of Spain should she go to war.

Despatch No. 223
Termwars, Spain and Mexico 1858
foreign relations, Spain and Mexico 1858
wars, tactics, Spanish in Mexico 1858
gold, Californian gold trade, effect of pirates
trade, gold, effect of pirates
Mexican affairs, 'Mexican Question', French involvement
Mexican affairs, 'Mexican Question', British involvement
wars, tactics, use of pirates
financial affairs, Spanish, Treasury

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA7536Luesada; - (fl 1858); Admiral; Minister of Marinefl 1858
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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