Letter from May. 2, 1865

Inhabitants of Zurich

  • Full Title

    Inhabitants of Zurich

  • Description

    A letter of condolences written to the US Government by a committee of residents from the Swiss city of Zurich. The committee praises the Union victory over the Confederacy, noting its impacts on not only the United States but also "all mankind". While mourning Lincoln, the document makes comparisons between Lincoln's impact and the previous global political impact of the Revolutionary War and George Washington. This letter provides a window into global reactions to the end of the war, as well as international opinions on what the role of a post-war United States would look like.

  • Transcription

    Transcription is available via the Department of State Office of the Historian.

  • Source

    Tributes to the memory of Abraham Lincoln

  • Rights

    This item is in the public domain and may be reproduced and used for any purpose, including research, teaching, private study, publication, broadcast or commercial use, with proper citation and attribution.

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  • Cite this Item

    O. Bulle. "Inhabitants of Zurich". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/1205