PP/GC/CA/119 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, about his quarantine at Irun on his way to Madrid, 4 January 1833
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain], lazaretto near Irun, [Spain], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has managed to shorten the time that he has to be in the lazaretto by two days, which would be very gratifying if Canning did not know that a Spanish officer managed to avoid having any quarantine at all. "The whole process of quarantine is in fact a complete farce, operating, however most painfully upon the poor refugees, who are availing themselves of the Queen's permission to return to their Spanish homes." Addington passed on a second request to Monsieur de Zea asking for Canning's release, which was not successful. By the following night Canning hopes to be at Vittoria and should be able to go from there to Madrid with all speed "as orders have been given to facilitate our progress along the road". The Spanish authorities have been very reasonable apart from the matter of quarantine; "my companions in detention are clamorously grateful for a few rials which I have applied to their relief". The advice Canning has received from Addington indicates that little has occurred to change the state of Portuguese affairs; London, however, is probably better informed in these matters than Canning. Canning heard at Bayonne that Pozzo di Borgo had sent a Russian secretary from Paris to Madrid. "This very suspicious circumstance would surely justify me in confiscating a parcel of shoes, which I have undertaken to convey to Madame d'Oubril." 4 Jan 1833 [Postscript] "I congratulate you on the result of the elections and particularly on your own most signal triumph." 4 Jan 1833
Two papers, tied together with blue ribbon.
All images are copyright. Please contact Archives@soton.ac.uk if you wish to reproduce this material
Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain
Francisco Zea Bermudez, Spanish Prime Minister
Quarantine; health regulations; infection
Maria Cristina, Queen of Spain
Portugal: politics
Henry Unwin Addington, British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Madrid
Charles Andre, Comte Pozzo di Borgo, Russian ambassador at Paris
Madame Ubri, alias d'Oubril, wife of Peter Yakovlevich Ubri, Russian ambassador at Madrid
Great Britain; parliamentary elections; general election, 1832
Vitoria, Spain
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Delicious Digg RSS