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murder the Secretary of State, calls for a public expression of the feeling with which that intelligence has been received by this community, be it

1. Resolved, By the citizens of Wilmington, that we regard with unfeigned horror this last most frightful and most disgraceful national calamity.

2. Resolved, That we are penetrated with deep and sincere sorrow for the loss of a Chief Magistrate who has presided over the destinies of this nation during four years of bloody wat, with firmness and sagacity, and who we believe was about to crown his administration and signalize the advent of peace by a course of magnanimity which must have secured him the respect and friendship of the southern people.

3. Resolved, That the assassins who perpetrated this foul deed not only deserve the execration of mankind, but have proved themselves the worst enemies to our common country, and we trust they may soon meet the punishment which is so richly their due.

4. Resolved, s'hat a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Department of State at Washington eity.

Mr. Waddell being called upon, addressed the meeting in the following pertinent remarks :

MR. CHAIRMAN : I have been requested to offer a few remarks upon the propriety of these resolutions. It is not a proper occasion for eulogy, if I was qualified for that task, and, therefore, I shall not indulge in it; what I shall say will be brief, sincere, and true.

For the first time in the history of this nation, its Chief Magistrate bas died by violent hands, and at an hour, too, when such a crime will be more severely felt than it would have been, perhaps, at any previous period.

After a long night of sorrow, and trial, and agony, and just as the blessed dawn of peace is lighting the land with gladness, when the nobler sentiments of charity and generosity are taking possession of all hearts, an attempt is made to plunge us again into darkness and bitterness. He, the Chief Magistrate, who, in the language of the resolutions, was about to crown his administration and signalize the advent of peace by a course of magnanimity which must have secured him respect and friendship of those of his fellow-citizens from whom he has been estranged for the past four years, is taken from us at the hour when he appeared to be the most needed, and in a manner which must mantle every cheek with the blush of shame and indignation.

It is, sir, in every point of view, a most lamentable event, and one over which every good man in the land must sincerely mourn. I am happy to say, that since the sad intelligence reached our town I have not met a single individual who has not thus expressed himself.

And I think it peculiarly appropriate, Mr. Chairman, in us, who have since his first elevation to power only seen the victim of this foul murder through the mists of passion and prejudice, and have therefore been unable to do full justice to his character, now in the light of existing facts to be among the first to come forward and offer our sympathy and sorrow. This is doing justice to ourselves.

For one I am unwilling, as a citizen of the United States, to suffer this atrocious crime which is a stain upon the nation's character to pass by without raising my voice in indignation and abhorrence, to protest against and denounce it. And I have no doubt but this is the feeling of every one present.

Let us ponder the lessons of the hour, sir, and strive to profit by them. Let us cultivate our better nature more, and endeavor to develop sentiments of kindness, and charity, and forbearance among ourselves as fellow-citizens of a common country.

The failure to do this in the past has eventuated in the calamity and disgrace which now afflicts us, and to mourn over which we are here assembled to-night. God grant that it may be the last of our national calamities, and that there may


be no more sorrow and lamentation among a people who have drained the cup of bitterness to the dregs, and who are now awaiting with anxious and yearning hearts and eager eyes for happier days for themselves and their country. On motion of Dr. Freeman, the meeting adjourned.

JOHN DAWSON, Chairman.

WASHINGTON, April 17, 1865. At a meeting of the citizens of New York, held in this city on the evening of April 17, 1865, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously passed:

Whereas his Excellency Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States, died on the morning of the 15th of April from wounds received at the hands of an assassin: Therefore,

Resolved, That in the death of our beloved President, our whole country has lost its best and dearest friend; that his life is the brightest page of our nation's glory; his death the saddest of our nation's sorrows; that we prayerfully ask Him who ruleth all the people of the earth, in His providence, to work out His purpose in this appalling calamity, that has gone so near to the hearts of the American people, and to decree and lasten that end which our lamented Presi. dent so nearly consummated, and to which he died a matyr, namely, Christian liberty and the restoration and perpetuation of the American Union.

Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved wife and children of him who has been so suddenly stricken down our warmest sympathies and condolence; that we offer also to the highly esteemed Secretary of State, and each member of his family, our earnest hopes for their recovery to health and usefulness in the high places which they have so long and honorably filled.

Resolved, That we give our earnest assurance to his Excellency Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, that he will bring to his administration the same hearty adherence and support as we have always borne to that of his predecessor,

Resolved, That we wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of sixty days, and that we attend the funeral of our deceased President in a body.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of the late President, to the Secretary of State, and to his Excellency Andrew Johnson. Respectfully, yours,


Secretary Excelsior Union Club. Hon. WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

At a meeting of the citizens of Connecticut, held at Willard's Hotel, Washington, D. C., April 17, 1865, Governor Buckingham was called upon to preside, and W. A. Benedict was chosen secretary.

Governor Buckingham stated that the object of the meeting was to give some fitting form of expression to the feelings of the citizens of Connecticut in view of the great calamity which has spread its pall of darkness over the nation in the death of its honored head, and to make arrangements for participating in the approaching funeral ceremonies.

The following committees were appointed: On resolutions expressive of the feelings of the meeting, Hon. La Fayette S. Foster, Hon. James Dixon, and H. H. Stark weather.

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ingham, Hon. James Dixon, W. A. Thompson, Colonel H. H. Osgood, J. A. Whitlock, and Col. J. H. Almy.

Hon. James Dixon presented the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted :

Resolved, That, sharing with the people of Connecticut the unutterable sorrow which saddens every household and wrings every patriotic heart with a sense of

personal bereavement in the death of the late lamented President of the United States, we unite with them in expressing our profound grief, and mingle our lamentations with theirs under the crushing blow which has struck our nation, from the summit of universal gratitude and joy, into the utmost depths of affliction and mourning.

Resolved, That we mourn the loss of the preserver of the Union, raised up by the hand of the Almighty to lead our nation through the perils of the great rebellion; that in him we recognize the guiding intellect, the conscientious purpose, the unfailing judgment, the resolute will, the unselfish heart, which were needed to constitute the leader of the nation in its hour of deepest peril; and that his humanity, his confiding trust in God, his devoted love of his country and of the human race, his entire consecration to the spirit of universal liberty, have placed him among the foremost of the great benefactors of mankind who have blessed the world and shed honor upon the human character.

Resolved, That while we mourn the unspeakable loss which our nation has suffered, we devoutly offer the Great Ruler of the Universe our reverent and earnest thanks that he permitted our departed and lamented President to live and rule over our imperilled country until, under his wise and firm control, aided by the Almighty hand, he was permitted to see the rebel hosts defeated and surrendered ; their capital and seaports restored to the authority of the nation; their military power overthrown; their wicked leaders driven from their seats of power; the great cause of the rebellion, human slavery, abolished and destroyed; and liberty and equal rights for all made the basis of our national existence.

Resolved, That we tender to the President of the United States, the honorable Andrew Johnson, the assurance of our earnest and unqualified support in the performance of the arduous and responsible duties now devolved upon him, and that we invoke for him the same conscientious purpose, the same divine inspiration and support from the Almighty hand by which his great predecessor was sustained.

Resolved, That we acknowledge with gratitude the providential interposition by which our beloved and honored Secretary of State, the confidential friend and adviser of Abraham Lincoln, has been protected and preserved from the dangers and violence to which he has been exposed; that we offer to him our deepest sympathy, and unite in the prayers of the nation for his speedy and perfect restoration to health, and for the safety and preservation of his family.

Resolved, That we will, as representatives of our State, attend the funeral services of our lamented President in a body, and wear the usual badge of mourning for sixty days.

Resolved, That we tender to the family of the deceased President the assurance of our deep and heartfelt sympathy in the great affliction to which God has called them; and that we humbly and devoutly supplicate for them the blessing and support of their Heavenly Father.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of the late President; also to the honorable Secretary of State, and to the President of the United States, and that they be published in the public press of Connecticut.

W. A. BUCKINGHAM, Governor of Connecticut, and Chairman of the Meeting.

W. A. BENEDICT, Secretary.

WASHINGTON Lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F.,

Washington, April 17, 1865. At the regular meeting of the lodge this evening the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :

Whereas this lodge has learned with heartfelt sorrow the assassination of the President of the United States, and of the brutal and fiendish attempt on the life of the Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, in his helpless condition; and

Whereas our worthy brother, E. H. Hansell, in the performance of his duty to the honorable Secretary, was also wounded by the assassin's knife : Therefore,

Resolved, That the thanks of this lodge be and are hereby tendered to the family of the Secretary, particularly to Mrs. Seward, who, in their hour of deep affliction, forgot not our worthy brother, but gave him all the care and tender treatment his situation required.

Resolved, That a copy of the above be transmitted to the family of the honorable secretary

J. P. M'KEAN, Permanent Secretary.


ZANESVILLE, Ohio, April 15, 1865. Pursuant to adjournment from the spontaneous meeting held in front of the court house at 9 o'clock this morning, an immense assemblage of the citizens of Zanesville and vicinity convened in the Market-house Hall, at 2 o'clock p. m. Mr. Henry Blandy occupied the chair, and C. W. Potwin continued to act as secretary. Rev. D. D. Mather offered an eloquent and impressive prayer.

The committee appointed at the morning meeting, composed of the Rev. H. K. Foster, Rev. J. M. Platt, Rev. N. A. Reed, A. A. Guthrie, esq., Colonel Granger, and Messrs. V. Best and H. Blandy, reported, through their chairman, A. A. Guthrie, esq., the following resolutions, which were adopted unanimously:

Resolved, That this community learns with consternation and profound sorrow of the death, by the hands of murderers, of President Lincoln and Secretary Seward.

Resolved, That in deliberate and cautious wisdom in judging, in steady spirit and unsullied integrity, and sincere and disinterested devotion to his country's cause, Abraham Lincoln closely resembled him whom a grateful people bave named the “Father of his Country.”

Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Lincoln at this juncture of our national affairs the country suffers a loss the magnitude of which we cannot in our pres. ent sorrow adequately estimate, and were it not for our knowledge that God reigns over human affairs, our grief would utterly prostrate and overwhelm us.

Resolved, That, by the death of Mr. Seward, a learned, liberal, and wise statesman has been taken from us; he had ever been a faithful counsellor of his chief, and“ in death they were not divided.” He also died for his country.

Resolved, That in these diabolical murders we have but the fuller development of the spirit of the rebellion and its acknowledged cause, and the consummation of purposes and plans formed before Mr. Lincoln's first inauguration; and that the teachings and acts of the rebel leaders have all tended to this result; and that they are justly held responsible before God and the world

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for these hellish deeds ; and in the name of humanity, as well as that of justice, we demand their punishment.

Resolved, That our confidence still rests in the great truth that God lives and governs, and our recourse must be continually unto Him, beseeching him to preserve and direct the Vice-President, who now succeeds to the chief magistracy ; to guide the councils of his cabinet and Congress, and sustain the armies and navy in their self-sacrificing devotion to the national cause; to cause the plots of murderous men to recoil upon themselves, and to deliver our nation from all its present peril.

Resolved, That in this latest development of the spirit and plans of traitors we find an insuperable objection to all schemes of adjustment which ignore the cause of the rebellion, or propose an indiscriminate pardon of its leaders.

Resolved, That we deem this occasion a fitting one to renew our consecration to our beloved country; and now and here we do solemnly pledge ourselves to our imperilled government to maintain and sustain it against all its foes ; trusting in God, “ sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish,” we will stand by our glorious flag.

Resolved, That in our deep sorrow for our country we would not forget the deeper sorrow of the families who are utterly overwhelmed by this inscrutable Providence; and that we tender to them our deepest heartfelt condolence, and the assurance of a natiou’s fullest sympathy.

On motion, a committee was appointed consisting of A. A. Guthrie, Charles C. Russell, Colonel Gilbert, and General Ball, to make proper arrangements for funeral services to be held in this city at the same time that they occur at Washington. On motion, it was

Resolved, That the proceeding and resolutions of this meeting be published in the city papers, and in the Ohio State Journal, and a copy thereof be forwarded to the President of, the United States and the families bereaved.

Following the proceedings, eloquent addresses were delivered by Revs. Fogter, Platt, Read, Mather, and by Hons. T. J. Maginnis and T. A. Reamy.

H. BLANDY, Chairman.
C. W. POTWIN, Secretary.

NOTE.—It is proper to notice here that since the adjournment of this meeting of citizens the joyful intelligence reaches us that Secretary Seward is still living, and hopes are entertained of his recovery.


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