Document ReferenceBu 48/136/1-2
TitleCopy letter from Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia, to 2nd Earl Granville [G.Leveson-Gower], Foreign Office, London; 12 Dec 1870
Date12 December 1870
Content DescriptionReports that the Russian declaration, and extension of military service has been used as an opportunity to extend the rights of the people; has obtained a copy of an address from the municipality of Moscow, which the Emperor has refused to see; encloses a translation of it by Mr Michell; Prince Tcherhassy is said to be one of its framers, and has a view to obtaining the support of the Old Believers.

Enclosure: translation of Address to the Emperor from the Municipality of Moscow; praises the Emperor for his recent actions; expresses loyalty to the Emperor; hopes that the Emperor will continue his work of reform and extend the freedom of the press and of speech, of religious worship and of conscience; argues that success in international relations cannot be achieved without national self-knowledge and self-respect; ends by citing the events of 1642, when the Emperor called a parliament to consider the taking of Azof from the Cossacks, and therefore becoming involved in a war with Turkey - and the people agreed, but asked for certain liberties.
Termtreaties, Treaty of Paris 1856
Russian affairs, Old Believers
politics, Russian, social reform
press, Russian

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6192Alexander II (1818-1881); Emperor of all the Russias; (succeeded 1855)1818-1881
NA6757Michell; Thomas (fl 1866-1870); Mr; translator brother of J. Michellfl 1866-1870
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6137Gower; Granville G. Leveson- (1815-1891); 2nd Earl Granville; diplomat M.P. statesman1815-1891
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