President Addresses Royal Spanish Births

August 25, 1862

Diplomacy requires the President to send two notes to Queen Isabella of Spain on births in the royal family: “I have received the letter which Your Majesty was pleased to address to me on the 28th. of May, last, announcing that the Duchess of Montpensier, Your Majesty’s beloved sister, had on the 12th. of the same month safely given birth to an Infante, upon whom, in sacred baptism, had been bestowed the names of Felipe Ramon Maria.”  In the other letter he wrote: “Great and Good Friend: I have received the letter which Your Majesty was pleased to address to me on the 18th. ultimo, announcing the birth of an Infanta upon whom had been bestowed in sacred baptism the names of Maria de la Paz Juana Amalia Adalberta Francisca de Paula Juana Bautista Isabel Francisca de Asis.”  Lincoln closed both letters: “I participate in the satisfaction afforded by this happy event, and offer to Your Majesty my sincere congratulations upon the occasion.

Black soldierswere officially accepted into the Southern Department of the Union Army under an order by Secretary Stanton to General Rufus Saxton.  Thaddeus Stevens biographer Ralph Korngold wrote of the Pennsylvania congressman: “In the meantime Stevens had made inquiries, and on August 25, 1862, wrote to Secretary [Salmon P.] Chase that the region was ‘so-unhealthy as to be wholly uninhabitable.’  He added this criticism of the President: “How unexpectedly the Pres’t is applying our appropriation for a purpose never intended by Congress.  I moved the appropriation of a half a million for general colonization purposes, but never thought new and independent colonies were to be planted – I intended it to aid in sending to Haiti, Liberia, and other places the liberated Dist. of Columbia slaves.’”

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