PP/GC/CA/129 Deciphered letter from Sir S.Canning to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning negotiations with the Spanish Prime Minister on the throne of Portugal and expulsion of the Princess of Beira from Spain, 11 March 1833
Deciphered letter, in the hand of a secretary or Foreign Office clerk, from Sir Stratford Canning, [British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain], Madrid, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: he has already sent a report of Zea's note to him to Palmerston: Canning has drafted a reply asking from Zea a clear answer on the British basis [of agreement]. The Princess of Beira has been ordered to quit Spain: Zea may have recommended this, even though he is himself more unpopular. Zea is determined to retain his post [as Prime Minister]. Canning has heard that a French Carlist officer, George le Roy, was last week in Madrid and hinted of war from the northern courts. Canning does not believe this rumour, but mentions it in case Palmerston has heard more of this from other sources. Canning will send a messenger soon. 11 Mar 1833: deciphered c.25 Mar 1833 The letter is marked: "Private".
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Sir Stratford Canning, later first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, British minister on an extraordinary mission to Spain
Portugal, Spain: politics
Francisco Zea Bermudez, Spanish Prime Minister
George le Roy, French Carlist officer
Carlists, supporters of Don Carlos and his descendants and his claim to the Spanish throne
Theresa, Princess of Beira, later second wife of Don Carlos
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