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16 December 2004
LINCOLN, Abraham. Partially printed document signed ("Abraham Lincoln"), as President, Washington, 2 July 1862. 1 page, 4to, chipped along edges, creases mended.
LINCOLN APPROVES A TREATY WITH EL SALVADOR. The President orders the Secretary of State to Affix the Seal of the United States to the Presidential ratification of "the General Treaty of Amity, Commerce, Consular Privileges and Extradition" between the U. S. and Salvador. The business of diplomacy continued even amid the cataclysm of Civil War. Yet even South and Central America were not protected from the violent spillover of America's internal warfare. Even before Sumter, pro-slavery "filibusters" like William Walker had marauded across Nicaragua and other Central American republics like latter-day conquistadors, looking to secure further areas for the expansion of America's slave economy. Even William Seward, in 1861, floated the idea of a war with Mexico as a desperate attempt to reunite North and South. Here Lincoln tends to the Union's good relations with El Salvador.
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