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Print of signing of treaty

Print of the signing of the Treaty of Cessation, March 30, 1867. From the painting by Emanuel Leutze showing the Alaska purchase. Shown left to right: Robert S. Chew; William. H. Seward (Secretary of State); William Hunter; Mr. Bodisco; Baron de (Eduard) Stoeckl (Russian Diplomat); Charles Sumner; and Frederick W. Seward. Alaska State Library, Alaska Purchase Centennial Collection.

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