Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Reply to Baron de Wetterstedt [1]

January 20, 1865

BARON WETTERSTEDT: My memory does not recall an instance of disagreement between Sweden and the United States. Your predecessor was most agreeable in his intercourse with this Government, and I greet you with the same good feeling which was entertained for him while he resided with us. The consideration which your Government has manifested by raising the rank of its mission here, is acknowledged with sincere satisfaction. You may be assured that on my part every occasion will be improved to exhibit the sincere desire which this Government entertains for the prosperity and welfare of the Government and Kingdom of Sweden and Norway.


[1]   Washington Daily Morning Chronicle, January 21, 1865. Lincoln replied to Baron de Wetterstedt, minister from Sweden and Norway, whose speech upon presenting his credentials called attention to the esteem which the King of Sweden and Norway expressed for the United States in ``thus elevating his legation in America to the first rank of our diplomatic hierarchy.''