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Weisweiller & Bauer, Weisweiller, W. D.

XI/110/0-10, 9 boxes

The private correspondence of Daniel Weisweiller, the Rothschild agent in Madrid is actually contained in two series, XI/109 and XI/110. Virtually all the letters are in German, with occasional use of Hebrew characters for names. Most have been written from Madrid, but there are some from other European cities including Bayonne. On the whole the letters are addressed to de Rothschild Frères in Paris, but one or two are written to NMR, to Baron James and to Lionel. Three different hands appear but two dominate the correspondence. Unfortunately, the general legibility of the correspondence is bad and sometimes impenetrable.

Weisweiller wrote on a very regular basis, at least once a week, and sometimes almost daily. The series has some gaps, such as November 1840 and February to April 1842. In 1838 numerous letters are written by Scharfenberg; these too are addressed to the house in Paris and in London and contain similar information to those of Weisweiller who continued to write during the year.

Many of the letters are very detailed and contain a lot of business information. In 1837 to 1839 the business of the Almadén quicksilver mines predominates. Business intelligence relates to the Madrid stock exchange and to various deals the company undertook. In the 1840s especially, there are frequent references to "Manila business", "Havana business" and "Mexico business".

With regard to political information, the wars of the Spanish succession feature most frequently, with news of troop movements and gains and losses being reported to the Paris house. Weisweiller obtained his information from contacts with army officers and other individuals close to the Court and the Parliament, whose business he also monitored closely. He gave ready advice on the appropriate reactions to political developments.

Most files contain a few letters addressed to Weisweiller, which he copied and forwarded. These usually serve to underline a point made by Weisweiller himself. Some of these letters are in Spanish from various people, often in South America, and a few are in French, some of which have been translated into German.

(Note: a file of photocopies, transcripts and photographs relating to the Weisweiller family, including a carte de visite of Daniel Weisweiller (1814-1892) dated 1865 will be found in 000/642).

German, French, Spanish, Judendeutsch

List of available records

1837 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/0
1838 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/1
1839 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/2
1840 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/3
1841 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/4
1842 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/5
1868 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/6
1872 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/7
1877 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence): Dec 1877 XI/110/8
1878 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence) XI/110/9
1879 Letters from W.D. Weisweiller: Madrid: (Private Correspondence): Jan 1879 XI/110/10