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Abraham Lincoln to Agenor-Etienne de Gasparin, August 4, 1862

Abraham Lincoln, May 16, 1861, Brady image, detail
President Lincoln wrote this careful note to French writer Agenor-Etienne de Gasparin after receiving multiple letters from him as well as a copy of his translated work on the American Civil War. Gasparin, a former government official who had been living in exile in Switzerland for a number of years, had written two pro-Union books in 1861 and 1862 and had become something of a regular correspondent with members of the Lincoln Administration. Secretary of State Seward informed Lincoln a few days earlier that he considered Count Gasparin to be "very, very sensible," which may help explain why Lincoln took so much care in crafting his response. (By Matthew Pinsker)

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