The Fourth of July, 1884, Anniversary Day of
In presence of M. Jules Ferry, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of France, and President of the Council of Ministers.
Count Ferdinand de Lesseps, in the name of the
Committee of the Franco-American Union, and of the national
manifestation of which that Committee has been the organ, has presented
the colossal statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World," the work of the
sculptor Bartholdi, to His Excellency, Mr. Morton, United States
Minister at Paris, praying him to be the interpreter of the national
sentiment of which this work is the expression.
Mr. Morton, in the name of his compatriots, thanks
the Franco-American Union for this testimony of sympathy from the French
people; he declares that, in virtue of the powers conferred upon him by
the President of the United States, and the Committee of Work in
America, represented by its honorable president, Mr. William M. Evarts,
he accepts the statue, and that it shall be erected in conformity with
the vote of Congress of the 22nd of February, 1877; in the harbor of
New York, as a souvenir of the unalterable friendship of the two
In faith of which there have signed:
In the name of France:
Jules FerryJules Brisson.
In name of the Committee of the Franco-American Union:
Ferdinand de LessepsEdmond de Lafayette.
In name of the United States:
Levi P. Morton.
Above is a reproduction of the proces-verbal, signed by those taking
part in the presentation of the Statue of Liberty by France to the
United States in Paris, July 4, 1884.
When the Statue of Liberty was shipped to the United States and
erected on its pedestal at Bedloe's Island, in 1886, photographs, which
are now in the Library of Congress, of both Deed of Gift and the
proces-verbal were sent with it. The originals are in the Paris