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Benito Juarez Transcriptions 

Letter from Francisco Ocampo to Matias Romero, December 22, 1860 (Instructions to visit Lincoln)

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. Transcribed and Annotated by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College. Galesburg, Illinois.

Vera Cruz, December 22d 1860

The President wishes you to go to the home of Mr. Lincoln, President elected of the United States and express to him, in the name of this Government, confidentially or officially, how great is the desire that President Juarez has to maintain the most friendly intercourse with the Government of the United States: that the policy of the Constitutional Government of Mexico is founded upon de principles of liberty, progress and justice, which principles the United States have follow hitherto: that Mexico from the early times of her independence and now for a precept of her constitution and according to the unanimous sense of her people, shall follow sustaining the humanity & spirit against slavery, and that President Juarez will be very glad if this similarity of principles and policy with the principles and policy of Mr. Lincoln may consolidate more and more every day, the friendship of both countries, which desirable end will seek by every means the Mexican Government, establishing a franck intercourse of good services, which will contribute to the most positive benefit of both Republics.

I remain, Sir, your obedient servant

(signed) Ocampo.

[Note 1 ID: Matias Romero was the Mexican chargé d'affaires and met with Lincoln in Springfield during January 1861.]


Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Matias Romero, Charge d’Affaires of Mexico, January 21, 1861

Mr. Matias Romero.

Springfield, Ills.
Jan. 21. 1861

My dear Sir:

Allow me to thank you for your polite call, as Charge d’Affaires of Mexico. While, as yet I can do no official act on behalf of the United States, as one of it’s citizens, I tender the expression of my sincere wishes for the happiness, prosperity, and liberty of yourself, your government, and its people. Your obt. Servt.

A. Lincoln









Matias Romero to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, January 21, 1861 (Sends clippings)

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. Transcribed and Annotated by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College. Galesburg, Illinois.

Springfield, Ills. January 21st 1861.

Dear Sir:

I have the honor to inclose you "The New York Times" of which I spoke to you this afternoon and the "Herald" of the 18th instant which has something on Mexico.

It was my intention as well as my desire to see you once more before I leave here, but seeing you so busy and so much engaged and not wishing to distract you at all, I am compell to beg you to take this note as my bidding adieu and to accept the assurances of great esteem and respect with which

I am, Sir, your obedient servant.

M Romero









William H. Seward to Abraham Lincoln, Wednesday, October 28, 1863 (Meeting with envoy from Mexico)

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. Transcribed and Annotated by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College. Galesburg, Illinois.

My dear Sir:

Mr Romero1 is here as Envoy Extraordinary of Mexico, and I have taken the liberty to inform him that you will receive him, with his credentials, at twelve o'clock, tomorrow, the 29th instant.

Faithfully, yours,

William H Seward
Department of State,
28th October, 1863.
[Note 1 Matias Romero]









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