|Mark Twain, 1867|
|William Seward, Lincoln's |
Secretary of State
|Charles Wilson, British officer|
|Are these tourists Twain's colleagues?|
|Warren, seated on the left, and his team.|
Phillips is seated on the right (1867)
The third writer, William Seward, visited Palestine in 1859 and again in 1871. Seward served as President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State and was wounded in his home by one of John Wilkes Booth's accomplices on the same night that Lincoln was shot. Mary Todd Lincoln told the Springfield, Ill. pastor who presided at her husband's funeral, "He [Lincoln] said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem."
We surmise that Lincoln had heard about Jerusalem and the Holy Land from his Secretary of State.
Here are excerpts of their writings:
- Wilson: It is difficult to obtain statistical information on Jerusalem, but one fact alone will show the unhealthy nature of the city: The Jewish population is estimated at about 9,000, yet in twelve months, more than 13,000 cases of sickness were attended to in their own hospital and that of the Protestant Mission.