His Highness Aali Pacha to Mr. Morris .
May 1, 1865.
Sir: The Sultan, my august sovereign, has learned with profound affliction the mournful news of the cruel death of President Lincoln, and of the wounding of the Secretary of State, and I have been commanded to convey to you an expression of the regrets of his Imperial Majesty.
I need not state to you, sir, how much the imperial government, in its character of sincere friend of the United States, is interested in their prosperity, and how great has been the sorrow which this event has occasioned.
Be pleased, sir, to accept assurances of my high consideration.
Minister Resident of the United States of America.