Description: In this part-printed document signed, Robert H. Pruyn is appointed "Minister Resident" to Japan. Abraham Lincoln, as President, has signed boldly at the lower right, as well as, William H. Seward as Secretary of State.
Several years after Commodore Perry signed the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Peace (1854) the first American diplomat to Japan, Townsend Harris, presented his credentials to the Shogun (1858). After he departed in 1862, Robert H. Pruyn assumed the Resident Minister duties which he held during the rest of Lincoln's administration and the Civil War.
Sheet of paper measures: 12" x 17 3/4". Item #A01108.
Document is marked "duplicate" in manuscript at the upper left. We are not sure of the protocol related to this. Was one lost? Was one created to travel to Japan and another to be retained at home?
Condition: Fold lines, overall toned (especially around perimeter); exceptionally strong signature.