Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To Pacha Mohammed Said [1]

October 11, 1861

Abraham Lincoln,

President of the United States of America

To His Highness Mohammed Said Pacha,

Viceroy of Egypt → and its Dependencies &c., &c. &c.,

Great and Good Friend: I have received from Mr. Thayer, Consul General of the United States at Alexandria, a full account of the liberal, enlightened and energetic proceedings which, on his complaint, you have adopted in bringing to speedy and condign punishment the parties, subjects of Your Highness in Upper Egypt → , who were concerned in an act of cruel persecution against Faris, an agent of certain Christian missionaries in Upper Egypt. I pray Your Highness to be assured that those proceedings, at once so prompt and so just, will be regarded as a new and unmistakable proof equally of Your Highness' friendship for the United States, and of the firmness, integrity and wisdom with which the Government of Your Highness is conducted. Wishing you great prosperity and success, I am, Your Friend, ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Washington, October 11, 1861.

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.


[1]   Copy, DNA FS RG 59, Communications to Foreign Sovereigns and States, III, 181. Faris-El-Hakim, a Syrian physician employed by American missionaries in selling and distributing Bibles, had been mobbed and imprisoned. Upon charges brought by William S. Thayer, thirteen men had been assessed fines totaling $5,000 as damages for Faris, and to avoid delay the Viceroy had advanced the sum for prompt payment.

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