LESSEPS (Ferdinand de), diplomate et entrepreneur français, fit construire le canal de Suez (1805-1894)

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LESSEPS (Ferdinand de), diplomate et entrepreneur français, fit construire le canal de Suez (1805-1894)
Correspondence of 19 letters including 16 signed autographs (L.A.S.) and 3 signed (L.S.) to Paul Merruau, writer and explorer who collaborated with Lesseps from 1857 to 1871, 25 p. in-4° and 34 p. in-8°. Interesting and important correspondence relating to the construction of the Suez Canal and the formation of the company. August 1857: "... Your article in the Constitution is excellent. One could not... more skillfully develop the question of the appeal to the chambers of commerce and the general councils. You have greatly contributed to the good results of this appeal.... "Nov. 1857: his remarkable article in the Revue des deux Mondes and his work "contribute to a better knowledge of Egypt. I love Egypt too much not to tell myself that if great improvements have been made there, there is still more to be done... A noble and excellent prince ... has only three years of reign and is rarely well supported. It belongs to the public opinion of Europe to help Egypt... "June 1858: he complimented Merruau on his article in the Constitution: his diplomatic note is most remarkable: "it seems to me that it is destined to produce the best effect everywhere in favour of our enterprise. It will finally inspire confidence... "December 1858: Lesseps presented Merruau with a mandate of 10,000 francs from the Viceroy of Egypt. "His Highness entrusted me with the task of carrying out the studies and preparatory work necessary for the construction of the Suez Canal and the company expressed its willingness to... remunerate in a dignified manner the collaborators that I would have to associate . You have been, through the devoted and disinterested assistance that you have lent me... one of my most active collaborators... "December 1861: interesting and long letter on a dispute concerning the minutes of the board of directors: "What does this circle mean, in which one would claim to confine the superior agency, one of the fundamental and indispensable stones of our e
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