No. 106 Congress Street,
Brooklyn, L. I., July 20, 1865.
I have the honor of informing you that the citizens of Canzo, Province of Como, Lombardy, Italy, wishing to express their veneration and sympathy for the great martyr to the cause of emancipation and the Union, our lamented President, Abraham Lincoln, unanimously passed a resolution to call after his name the new square by the side of the national road in their town. They wished their resolution should reach your Excellency’s hands, and intrusted to me the care of fulfilling their desire.
But your illness, and other difficulties caused me to delay the performance of my duty, and rendered for me impossible to have the honour of a personal interview with you.
I send there herein the resolution of my fellow citizens and the accompanying letter of Mr. Bellarzi to you, and the expression of their deepest admiration for what has been done in this country by Your Excellency in the cause of freedom and amelioration of the oppressed classes of the people.
I would be deeply thankful to you, if Your Excellency would be king enough to send me a little acknowledgement of the enclosed resolution, to forward it to my fellow citizens in Italy, for my justification and their satisfaction.
Please receive my highest feelings of regard,while I feel the honour to be of Your Excellency
Most humble &c.
His Excellency Andrew Johnson,
President of the United States of America.