The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his entire lifetime (1809-1865).
Papers of Abraham Lincoln receives images of Lincoln letters to Japan
March 26, 2015
SPRINGFIELD—The Papers of Abraham Lincoln has added three more documents to its collection by obtaining images of letters Lincoln wrote to the Shogun of Japan in 1861.
Many historic documents were destroyed by fire in the bombing of Tokyo during World War II, but these letters survived. They are held in the Diplomatic Archives of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Takako Day, a native of Japan who lives in DeKalb, Ill., contacted the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum regarding her research on Lincoln’s 1862 meeting with Joseph Heco, the only Japanese person Lincoln ever met. Day agreed to help obtain copies of the diplomatic documents, and she personally obtained the digital images on a recent visit to Japan.
The letters concern America’s ambassadors to Japan. In one, Lincoln assures Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi that Townsend Harris would represent the views of the Lincoln administration. The second and third letters announce Harris’s resignation and the appointment of Robert H. Pruyn as the new Minister Resident to the Japanese government.
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