After President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theatre on April 15, 1865, it fell to American diplomats around the world to gather the condolences.
The end of the Civil War just prior to the assassination was also commented on in a lot of the correspondence passed on, some of which is dated weeks or months after Lincoln's death. The U.S. didn't have a minister — the term "ambassador" wasn't used as freely then — in every country then, leaving the countries left out to convey their respects through their minister to wherever an American was actually stationed.
The State Department has gathered all of them in a browsable collection, giving us the opportunity to look through and marvel at not only how wordy the diplomats of 1865 could be but also see how they paid their respects to the recently deceased president.
1. Prince Alexander Gorchakov, Chancellor of the Russian Empire
3. Mustapha, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunis (later Tunisia)
7. Benito Juarez, President of Mexico
8. Prince Kung, Foreign Minister of China
H/T Olivier Knox
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