PP/GC/CA/121 Letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding negotiations on Portugal with the Spanish Prime Minister, 17 January 1833
Letter from Sir Stratford Canning, [British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain], Madrid, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: [Transcript] "The French ambassador is sending an express to obtain, as he says, some information respecting the cholera, supposed to have broken out at Bordeaux, and I avail myself of the opportunity to announce my intention of dispatching a messenger to London in two or three days. I had a long conversation this [f.1v] morning with Monsieur de Zea on the affairs of Portugal, and I am concerned to say that the opinions which he expressed were by no means such as to remove my apprehension of failing in the main object of my negotiation. Perceiving in time the bent of his mind, I thought it best to give a strictly confidential and almost personal character to our discussions, leaving the Spanish minister time to reflect upon what I had said to him before he had committed himself officially, and obtaining myself [f.2r] some knowledge of his views before I hazard any distinct proposal on the part of His Majesty's government. It is not necessary to say more at present; but you may depend upon it that I shall lose no time in following up the business you have entrusted to me, though I must say that I have little or no hope of success." 17 Jan 1833 This letter is marked: "Private" and arrived in London on 27 January 1833
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain
Francois Maximilien Gerard, later Comte de Rayneval, French ambassador at Madrid
France: disease, epidemic, cholera
Portugal; Spain: politics
Dom Miguel, declared Miguel I, King of Portugal
Dom Pedro, formerly Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil; formerly Pedro IV, King of Portugal: promoting interests of his daughter, Dona Maria, later Maria II da Gloria, Queen of Portugal
Francisco Zea Bermudez, Spanish Prime Minister
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