Document ReferenceBu 48/45/1-2
TitleCopy letter from Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia, to 2nd Earl Granville [G. Leveson-Gower], Foreign Office, London; 20 Nov 1870.
Date20 November 1870
Content DescriptionEncloses an memorandum by Mr Michell, reporting the substance of an article in the "Moscow Gazette", regarding the Russian declaration.

Memorandum by Mr Michell on an article in the Moscow Gazette, approving the arguments used by the Chancellor: claims that it is not an aggressive act; does not relate to the Eastern Question; it is Russia's undoubted right, the Treaty having been infringed by other parties; is not annulling the Treaty, but only puts aside that part of it which threatens its own security; evidence for Russia's insecurity could be found in the recent boast by Hobart Pasha that he would at the first opportunity fall upon Odessa with his fleet; any state can, with the consent of the Porte, send gun-boats up the Black Sea to the shores of Russia; is aware that this is going to complicate international relations.

Reports that the "Telegraph" has said that there is a desire in Europe to see the declaration as a further complication of the Eastern Question.
Termtreaties, Treaty of Paris 1856, Russian repudiation
Turkish affairs, 'Eastern Question'
press, British
navies, Turkish

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA141Gorchakov; Alexander M. (1798-1883); Prince; Russian Foreign Minister1798-1883
NA6858Hampden; Augustus C. Hobart- (1822-1886); Vice-Admiral; known as Hobart Pasha1822-1886
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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