(1805-1894) French diplomat and later developer of the Suez Canal, which in 1869 joined the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
Exceptional autograph letter signed, two pages (both sides) - with blank integral sheet, 8,25 x 10,5 inch, `Canal Maritime de Suez` stationery, Alexandria, 29.04.1869 (The Suez Canal officially opened on 17 November 1869), in French, to his engineers - concerning the examination of the work and the forthcoming establishment of a boating service between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, written and signed by Ferdinand de Lesseps in black ink "Ferd. de Lesseps", with intersecting letter folds, mild creasing and a few small tears at the vertical fold to the blank sheet - in nearly fine condition.
"Monsieurs les Ingénieurs
Cette lettre vous sera remise par M. Nyhohn, 1er lieutenant du corps de génie danois, déligué par la chambre de commerce de Copenhague pour venir examiner nos travaux et lui faire un rapport sur l`établissement prochain d`un service de batelage entre le Méditerranée et la Mer Rouge.
L`hiver rigoureux qui a sévi dans le Nord de l`Europe a empéché M. Nyhohn de le rendre plus tôt à l`invitation de la Compagnie et l`a obligé à retarder son excursion.
M. Nyhohn embarquera demain pour Port Said, d`où il se rendra à Ismaila. [...] Je vous / prie de vouloir bien fournir a M. Nyhohn, aux frais de la Compagnie, tous les moyens de transport et de logement qui lui sont nécessaires pour accomplir son excursion. Nous voudrez bien aussi lui faciliter les moyens de visiter nos travaux du Seuil, du Serapeum et de [illegible] qu`il ira examiner lorsqu`il sera à Ismailia. [...]
Veuillez agréer, Monsieur, l`assurance de ma considération la plus distinguée.
Le Président - Ferd. de Lesseps"
This letter will be given to you by Mr. Nyhohn, 1st Lieutenant of the Danish Corps of Engineers, delegated by the Copenhagen Chamber of Commerce to come and examine our work and report to him on the forthcoming establishment of a boating service between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
The severe winter that raged in Northern Europe prevented Mr. Nyhohn from returning early at the Company's invitation and forced him to delay his excursion.
Mr. Nyhohn will embark tomorrow for Port Said, from where he will go to Ismaila. [...] I beg you to kindly provide Mr. Nyhohn, at the expense of the Company, with all the means of transport and lodging which he requires to accomplish his excursion. We will also kindly facilitate the means for him to visit our works of the Seuil, the Serapeum and [illegible] which he will go to examine when he is in Ismailia. [...]
Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.
The President - Ferd. from Lesseps"
Certificate of authenticity
We accept all major credit cards
Your payment information is processed securely. We do not store credit card details nor have access to your credit card information.