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Queen Victoria and President Buchanan exchange telegraph messages over the new Atlantic Cable.

James Buchanan, Brady daguerreotype, detail
07/30/1866

Queen Victoria sent a telegraph message from Osborne House on the south coast of England to the White House in Washington, DC to congratulate President Buchanan on the completion of the Atlantic Cable.  Buchanan replied immediately hoping that the cable "may serve to perpetuate peace and amity between the Government of England and the Republic of the United States."  The President's message took sixty-nine minutes to arrive at Osborne House from the Newfoundland terminus.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 102-103.

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