To Alexander II

December 18, 1861

Abraham Lincoln

President of the United States of America,

To His Majesty Alexander II

Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias,

&c., &c., &c.

Great and Good Friend: I have received the letter which Your Imperial Majesty addressed to me on the 21st. of October last, informing me that Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Olga Teodorowra, Spouse of Your Majesty’s well beloved brother, His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Michel Nicolaewitsch was happily delivered of a son on the 4th. of that month who has received the name of Michel.

I pray Your Majesty to accept my cordial congratulations upon this event, and to be assured that I take a lively interest in all that concerns the happiness and prosperity of Your Imperial House:

And so I recommend Your Imperial Majesty and Your Royal Family to the protection of the Almighty. Your Good Friend.

Washington, 18th. Decr. 1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN

By the President

WILLIAM H. SEWARD Secretary of State

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