The Minister of Sweden and Norway to Mr. Clay.


Your Excellency: In hastening to acknowledge the sad communication, by which your excellency has just informed me of the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, President of the United States of America, I beg you to accept my most profound expressions of sympathy, and also of horror for the foul deed which has deprived your country and your government of their worthy and illustrious chief.

I seize the present occasion to offer to your excellency repeated assurances of my high consideration.


Minister of Sweden and Norway.

Mr. C. M. Clay,
Minister of the United States of America.