PP/GC/CA/118 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding his detention due to quarantine regulations on his way to Madrid, 29 December 1832
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain], Bayonne, France, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has been delayed on his journey to Madrid because he cannot get into the lazaretto at Irun, [Spain] until 2 January or out of it until the 6 or 7 January. He has already been delayed by his damaged carriage wheel earlier on the road from Paris, after fifty miles of galloping over pavement. Even had this not happened he still could not have got into the lazaretto any earlier as it is very crowded. Addington has told Canning that the quarantine could be reduced from fifteen to six days at both Bayonne and Irun. Canning sent Hammond, his assistant, to Irun to plead with the official to slacken the regulations just for Canning, but the official said that he had orders from Madrid not to do so. Canning may possibly be let out of the lazaretto after twenty four hours. Others such as Zea, Ofalia and General de Cruz had permission from Madrid to bypass the regulations and Canning has not. 29 Dec 1832 This letter is marked: "Private" and was received in London on 7 January 1833
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain
Henry Unwin Addington, British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Madrid, later Permanent Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Portugal: politics
Edmund Hammond, later first Baron Hammond, diplomatic attache on Sir Stratford Canning's special mission to Spain
Francisco Zea Bermudez, Spanish Prime Minister
Narcisco de Heredia, Conde de Ofalia
General de Cruz
Quarantine; health regulations; infection
Irun, Spain
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