I have the honor most respectfully to submit a Police report, the printed compilation of the documents relating to the London treaty as commanded, and the telegrams received up to the present. In my most humble opinion it seems expedient to maintain our attitude toward Irminger also outwardly in conformity with that of Austria. It is awkward that Sydow is charged with the report of the committee in the Bundestag, for we shall thus always have to make our declaration first, and before Austria; if your Majesty does not command otherwise I will leave him without instructions on this point, and await tomorrow’s committee issues, as the next measure, the letter to Copenhagen, will not be thereby delayed.
The final sentence of the Vienna telegram, that Christian IX. rules also in Copenhagen only by virtue of the London treaty, is not quite right; he rules there because the legitimate heir, Prince Friedrich of Hesse, has resigned in his favor. This legal title, which is in itself sufficient, has only been confirmed by the London treaty, and then extended to the Duchies.
Marginal note by the King:
Prince Friedrich resigned merely in order that the London treaty in favor of Christian IX. might be effectuated.
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KING WILLIAM I. TO BISMARCK
Berlin, February 12, ’67.
When looking back to the decisive turning point reached by the destinies of Prussia through the glorious fights of the past year, the most distant generations will never forget that the elevation of the Fatherland to new power, and to imperishable honors, that the opening up of an epoch of a rich and, with God’s help, a blessing-bringing development are essentially due to your penetration, your energy, and the skilful manner in which you conducted the affairs entrusted to you.
I have decided to show a renewed appreciation of these your most distinguished merits, by the bestowal of a gift of four hundred thousand Thalers. The Minister for Finance has been directed to place this sum at your disposal.
It would be in accordance with my wishes if you devoted this gift, the bestowal of which is to manifest my and the Fatherland’s thanks, to the purchase of landed property, and entailed the same, so that with the glory of your name it also may remain permanently in your family.
Your grateful and faithfully devoted King,
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BISMARCK TO KING WILLIAM I.
Donchery, September 2, ’70.