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THE SUEZ CANAL.

LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS DESCRIPTIVE OF

ITS RISE AND PROGRESS IN 1854-1856.

BY

FERDINAND DE LESSEPS.

TRANSLATED BY

N. D’ANVERS,

AUTHOR OF "THE ELEMENTARY HISTORY OF ART,"

ETC.

HENRY S. KING AND CO., LONDON.

1876.

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The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved. TO THE MEMBERS

OF THE

ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, PARIS:

I owe the distinguished honour of my seat in the Academy of Sciences to the execution of the Suez Canal.

My colleagues have expressed a wish to know the history of the labours they have so frequently aided by their assistance and influence, and which, spread over a period of twenty years, have resulted in a successful completion of the work, supported as it has been by the verdict of Science and the progress of Civilisation.

It is not for me to compile a complete history of an enterprise in which much opposition and contest, years before the formation of a financial company, necessarily compelled me to make myself conspicuous.

But, in order to prepare an outline of the history and to comply with the wish of the Academy, I have collected my private and official correspondence, together with such of my notes as have been written according to the requirements of events as they occurred.

This collection contains an account of the principal circumstances which occurred during and after the opening of the Egyptian Bosphorus to navigation, an occasion honoured by the presence of a numerous deputation of members of the Institute of France.

FERD. DE LESSEPS.

PARIS, May 1875.

CONTENTS.

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1855.

January 15th. INSTRUCTIONS TO LINANT BEY AND MOUGEL BEY. 67

16th, LETTER TO M. ARLES DUFOUR...

18–22nd. LETTER TO MADAME DELAMALLE

74

26th. LETTER TO M. S. W. RUYSSENAERS

77

27th. LETTER TO M. ARLES DUFOUR

78

February 2nd. LETTER TO THE SAME ...

79

15th. NOTE FOR THE VICEROY OF EGYPT AND COMTE

THEODORE DE LESSEPS, MINISTER OF FOREIGN

AFFAIRS

80

19th. LETTER TO HIS HIGHNESS RESCHID PACHA, GRAND

VIZIER

83

19th. NOTE FOR THE COUNCIL OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY

THE SULTAN

24th. LETTER TO HIS HIGHNESS RESCHID PACHA

24th. LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY BARON KOLLER, IN-

TERNUNCIO FOR AUSTRIA AT CONSTANTINOPLE 85

83

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