To Isabel II 
President of the United States of America.
To Her Majesty Doña Isabel II.
By the Grace of God and the Constitution of the Spanish Monarchy, Queen of Spain, &c. &c.
Great and Good Friend: I have received the letter which Your Majesty was pleased to address to me on the 12th. of March last, conveying the melancholy tidings of the decease of His Royal Highness the Infante Don Felipe Ramon Marie, Your Majesty's beloved nephew.
I participate in the grief occasioned by this sad event and offer to Your Majesty and to Your Royal household my sincere condolence.
May God have Your Majesty always in His safe and holy keeping. Your Good Friend, ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Washington, October 20th. 1864.
By the President,
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.