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Memorandum by Alexander T. Galt, Canadian diplomat, describing interview with Abraham Lincoln, December 5, 1861

White House, North Front, Washington DC, June 7, 1859
Two recent events, Secretary of State Seward's urging to Great Lakes governors to fortify their harbors and, more urgently, the Trent Affair, had raised temperatures in relations between Britain, Canada, and the United States. Canadian politician Alexander Tulloch Galt met with President Lincoln in Washington and reported to his government with this memorandum. Clearly, the meeting went some way to calming Galt's fears as to United States intentions towards Canada. (By John Osborne)

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