Friday, March 12, 2010

Letter of the Day, March 12 (3 of 3)

There are letters before this about the missing ambulance bag, but none afterwards so it will forever remain a mystery.


Curatorial Records: Numbered Correspondence 1717




Consulate of the United States of America, Christiania [Denmark] March 12/97


His Excellency

G.B. Ferguson, Esq.

U.S. Minister, Stockholm


Dear Sir:


Referring to former letters in relation to the Ambulance matter shipped by me in April last year to Washington via New York, I have now received the following communication from the agent here of the ‘Thingvalla” S/S Line.


“The Pennsylvania Railroad Company has written to us thus: Replying to your favor of the 6th inst. Relative to 2 packages of military ambulance matter ex S/S “Thingvalla” April 1896, shipped by the U.S. Consul at Christiana, I have to advise, that we have received advises from our Agent at Washington D.C. that this property was delivered to the U.S. Army medical Museum April 16th 1896, and signed for by F. W. Stone. This shipment ws forwarded from New York to Washington [illegible] in bond.”


After this explanation I do not well understand, how it could be said in Washington as late as in December last year, that the goods had not yet been received. On the contrary, everything relating to this shipment had been done as promptly as possible.


Yours very truly


Gerhard Gade

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