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Ferdinand de LESSEPS, MOHAMED SA’ID Pasha, Jules GIRETTE et al.
SUEZ CANAL MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVE - FERDINAND DE LESSEPS AUTOGRAPHS
-1872, 1854. This is a valuable manuscript archive relating to the Suez Canal, the project that utterly revolutionized global transportation, commerce and communications. It is highlighted by a detailed letter written by one of the major stakeholders in project, written from Alexandria only a few days after Sa’id Pasha, the Viceroy of Egypt, formally approved Ferdinand de Lesseps’s proposal to build the canal. The letter is a rich ‘insider’s account’ of how the news of the grating of Lesseps’s bid was received by diplomatic corps in Cairo and all the various behind-the-scenes machinations. Enclosed within the letter are some of the earliest manuscript copies of Lesseps’s formal proposal to Sa’id Pasha to be given the right to build the Canal and a manuscript translation of the Viceroy’s response approving the bid. Additionally, there are couple of other letters, one being signed by Ferdinand de Lesseps. This fascinating, gossipy letter is one of the first detailed pieces of correspondence written from Egypt to Europe that breaks the news of Sa’id Pasha’s formal approval of Ferdinand de Lesseps’s proposal to build the Suez Canal, a message communicated between two major stakeholders in the canal project. It features a wealth of fascinating ‘insider’s information’, some of it sourced from Lesseps himself. The author of the letter, Jules Girette (d. 1895) was then the Managing Director of the Alexandria office of the ‘Services Maritimes des Messageries Nationales Paquebots Poste Français’ (founded in 1851), a large private mail and package delivery company, and eventually one … [Click Below for Full Description]
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