1 page, 10 x 8 inches, Washington, May 25, 1868. This important partly printed document extended the treaty whereby the United States recognized the sovereignty of the North German Confederation and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck to further include the German State Wurttemberg. In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to...a full power authorizing W. George Bancroft to conclude and sign a treaty for the accepting of the government of Wurttemberg to the treaty between the United States and the North German Confederation signed on the 22nd of February last, dated this day, and signed by me: an for so doing this shall be his warrant." Small closed tear along one of the horizontal folds near the signature; uneven toning; light chipping and fraying at the edges. Very good(-) condition.
Modern historians suggest that American recognition of the North German Confederation in 1867 served as an encouragement for Bismarck in his consolidation of the German States in 1871.