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Alfred Paul Reports, 1860-1861. Accession 22992. Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Purchased, December 1948, from I. A. Feldman and Company, Cairo, Egypt.
Alfred Paul was the French consul in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. He often served as the diplomatic link between the governments in Paris and in Richmond.
Reports, 1860-1861, of Alfred Paul, French Consul at Richmond, Virginia, to Edouard Thouvenel (1818-1866), Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paris, France, describing the political situation in Virginia in the days between Abraham Lincoln's (1809-1865) election as president and his inauguration, stating that Virginia will side with the South in any potential confrontation. Paul comments on the 1860 election, South Carolina's secession, Governor John Letcher's (1813-1884) hopes for compromise, slavery, Fort Sumter, the Virginia state convention, Virginia's efforts at compromise, the likelihood of Virginia's secession, and the inevitability of Civil War. The reports are written in french, but there are transcript translations into english.