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At a public meeting held at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, April 28, 1865, it was moved by the Rev. G. W. Conder, seconded by Jacob Bright, esq., and passed unanimously

That the address of sympathy and condolence with Mrs. Lincoln, now read, be adopted, and that the chairman be authorized to sign it on behalf of this meeting.



At a conference of the British Temperance League, held in the city of Manchester on the 17th day of May, 1865, Joseph Thorp, esq., in the chair, on the motion of the reverend J. Č. Street. of Newcastle, seconded by the reverend William Cam, of Manchester, it was

Unanimously resolved, That this conference expresses its feeling of grief and indignation at the assassination of the late President of the United States of America, who was for upwards of fifty years a consistent temperance man, and desires to convey to Mrs. Lincoln and to the people of that country its profound sympathy with them in this great affliction, its horror and detestation of the atrocious crime against humanity which has been committed, and its fervent hope that the event may be overruled by the Almighty for the preservation of the great republic and the complete overthrow of human slavery-these being the objects for which Mr. Lincoln lived and worked, and for fidelity to which he died.



WM. J. CLEGG, Secretary to the Conference.

Resolution passed at a meeting of the Sons of Temperance of Manchester.

27 Devonshire STREET, HULMe, Manchester.

At a meeting of the officers and representatives of the twenty-nine divisions under the Manchester Grand Division of the order of the Sons of Temperance, England, in session assembled April 29, 1865, it was—

Unanimously resolved, That this Grand Division expresses its utter abhorrence at the revolting and cowardly assassination of the late President of the United States of America, by which act we feel that America has lost one of its brightest ornaments and our cause one of its noblest champions, and desires to offer our deepest sympathy with Mrs. Lincoln and the people of America in the sad and bereaving dispensation under which they have had to groan, and pray that the arm of Omnipotence may surround and sustain them. Signed on behalf of the Manchester Grand Division:



of the United States of America.

Resolutions adopted by the Executive of the United Kingdom Alliance for the
Total Suppression of the Liquor Traffic, Manchester.

Manchester, May 5, 1865.

MADAM: I am instructed to convey to you the enclosed copy of resolutions of the Executive of the United Kingdom Alliance.

In performing this official duty, allow me to add that no words can express to you our deep and tender sympathy.

May God bless and comfort you under your great bereavement.

Ever very faithfully yours,



Secretary U. K. A.

Resolutions of sympathy and condolence on the assassination of President Lincoln, adopted by the Executive of the United Kingdom Alliance.

Resolved, That the Executive of the United Kingdom Alliance for the Legislative Suppression of the Liquor Traffic has heard with feelings of profound horror and inexpressible grief of the assassination of the President of the United States by the hands of a reckless murderer, inspired by political rancor.

That this Executive, while recording an expression of its deep sympathy and sorrowful condolence with the widow and nation of Abraham Lincoln, cordially recognizes the great personal worth and noble civic virtues of that large-hearted patriot and magnanimous ruler, twice elected by the people as the Chief Magistrate of a great nation, the emancipator of four million slaves, and the savior of his country from armed rebellion, anarchy, and ruin.

That, while this Executive shares most earnestly these sentiments entertained by all parties, ranks, and classes, it feels very keenly the death, by the hand of a murderer moved by drink, of a man whose long adhesion to the principles of total abstinence and prohibition, and whose faithful adherence to them even during the war, have proved that to these, as to all forms of enlightened philanthropy, the late President of the United States of America devoted his high intelligence and his noble heart.

That this Executive earnestly hopes that the fearful civil war in America has now ceased, and that peace will speedily be proclaimed and permanently established on the righteous bases of union and nationality, justice and freedom, with equal civil and political rights to loyal men of all creeds, races, and conditions.

MANCHESTER, May 3, 1865.

SAM'L POPE, Hon. Secretary.
THOS. H. BARKER, Secretary.

His Excellency ANDREW JOHNSON,

President of the United States of America:

SIR: We, the inhabitants of Mossley, in public meeting assembled, pray your acceptance of our heartfelt condolence at the heavy loss sustained by the government and people of the United States in the death of their truthful, righteous, and self-sacrificing President, Abraham Lincoln.

We have suffered long and severely in consequence of the cruel war which has cursed your land; for it has crippled our industry, blasted our hopes, and

caused many of our sons to seek a home among strangers. But our sufferings sink into insignificance when we think of this horrid crime, which stands without a parallel in the history of the world.

Feeling conscious that the assassin's blow was not only aimed at your worthy predecessor and his worthy colleagues, and, through them, at your glorious Constitution, but also at the cause of liberty throughout the world, we share your heavy grief, and sincerely pray that the spirit of him whose name will be ever dear to freedom's worthy sons may not be buried with him, but that it may influence your counsels as his successor until the last remnant of slavery shall be annihilated and your Union cemented by love.

We are happy to learn that Mr. Seward and his son are likely to recover. We have every confidence in your nation's heart, and in your firmness, integrity, and heroism as President, and sincerely hope that you will be able so to temper justice with mercy that the future of your country may be unclouded, and its peace unbroken.


MOSSLEY, May 4, 1865.

DEAR WIDOWED LADY: Permit us, as subjects of a widowed Queen, whose mighty heart and spotless life have not only made our native land more dear to us, but bid us long to see the reign of love universal, to express our deep sympathy with you in your great affliction, and our ardent prayer that He who overrules all events may fill up the painful void in your heart which the loss of such a treasure must create, and so control the spirits of men that your beloved country may soon become what your beloved husband toiled to make it—the abode of peace and purity, liberty and love.

We have suffered deeply in consequence of your dreadful war. It has made us familiar with poverty and grief, desolated many of our homes, and blighted many of our prospects; but our sufferings are nothing to yours. Dear lady, God bless you and yours!



The address of the inhabitants of Merthyr Tydfil, in the county of Glamorgan, in public meeting assembled.

To the President and Congress of the United States of America:

In desiring to convey to you our expression of painful sympathy in the heavy loss which the government and people of the United States have suffered by the death of President Lincoln, we express our unqualified detestation and execration of so hideous a crime.

We are the more deeply shocked that the event has occurred at a moment when the triumph of the United States seemed on the point of completion; and as the murderous and simultaneous attack upon Mr. Seward, the faithful minister of President Lincoln, who so well supported him through the whole of this eventful crisis, betrays the object of the crime, we are constrained to believe that their death was intended to rob the people of the United States of their devotion to right and law, and to postpone the time when the long-desired peace would be obtained.

But we sincerely hope that the great work of the restoration of the Union will not, by this deplorable event, suffer, or cause it to be long delayed. The

death of him who so wisely and efficiently worked for that great end will, we confidently trust, have only the more striking effect of strengthening the Union for which he died.

In the invincible respect which the people of the United States have manifested for law and freedom, during the terrible struggle of this war, we recognize the best guarantee of a future obedience to the authority of the government, and of submission to the will of the people, as expressed by popular representation.

We confidently anticipate they will express most unmistakeably that the policy of which their late President was the embodiment is to be carried out in all its extent, and that institutions in which perfect freedom for life, for speech, and for property, will be extended over the whole of the United States, so that ntegrity and worth, not color and class, shall henceforward be recognized as the proper qualifications of those who govern.

We consider that the long services of Andrew Johnson are sufficient guarantees that, in succeeding the late President, the people of America will find a man eminently qualified to carry to a successful issue the policy inaugurated by his predecessor, and we fervently hope that, in the hands of divine Provi dence, he will prove to be the humble instrument of bringing peace and tran quility to a land torn by warfare and bloodshed, and that in the future relation of America with foreign nations, truthfulness, honesty, and forbearance will be its foremost consideration.

Finally we pray that the ruthless passions which have been engendered may totally cease, and that under an united people the remembrance of the fearful struggles of civil warfare will forever be buried in oblivion.

JOHN JONES, High Constable, Chairman.

Resolution passed at a meeting held by the inhabitants of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

To Mrs. LINCOLN, widow of the late Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America:

The following resolution was unanimously adopted at a public meeting of the inhabitants of Merthyr Tydfil, in the county of Glamorgan, Wales:

That this meeting expresses its sincere condolence with Mrs. Lincoln on her sudden and mournful bereavement, and wishes to convey to her its deep sympa thy under her heart-rending trial.

Dated this 10th day of May, 1865.

JOHN JONES, High Constable, Chairman.

MELBOURNE, July 4, 1865-58 Elizabeth street. SIR: We, the undersigned, on behalf of the few remaining Polish and Hungarian refugees resident in the colony of Victoria, beg most humbly to request you, as the only representative of the American United States government, to accept the expression of our most deep and sincere sorrow at the untimely death, by a most cowardly assassination, of his excellency Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States of America.

May the great Providence, which has chosen to visit one of the greatest nations upon the earth with such an indescribable calamity, inspire the present and

many generations yet unborn, not only how to support this great loss, but to venerate the sacred memory of its greatest citizen forever.

We again beg that you may accept this from, sir, your most humble servants


Late Officer in the P. and H. Army.


Late Captain in the Hungarian Army.

United States American Consul, Melbourne.

At a meeting of the council of the city of Melbourne, held in the council chamber in the Town Hall, Swanston street, in the said city, on Monday the 24th day of July, 1865, it was

Resolved, That this council for and on behalf of the corporation of the mayor, aldermen, councilors, and citizens of the city of Melbourne, desires to record its unmitigated horror and detestation of the atrocious murder of Abraham Lincoln, the late President of the United States of America; to express its profound sympathy with the American people in the incalculable loss of so great and good a citizen, councilor and ruler; and to offer its deep and respectful condolence to Mrs. Lincoln under her most grievous and terrible bereavement. GEO. WRAGGE, Mayor. [SEAL.]

E. G. FITZ GIBBON, Town Clerk.

Extract from the minutes of a meeting of the council of the city of Montreal, held on Wednesday, the 19th day of April, 1865.

Present, his worship the mayor, J. L. Beaudry, esq.; Aldermen Grenier, Rodden, Contant, Gorrie, David Rolland, Stevenson, McCready; Councilors McGibbon, Devlin, Lamoureux, Goyette, McNevin, Higginson, McGauvran, Leduc, Donovan, Alexander, Ogilvie, Brown, Isaacson, Cassidy, Bastion.

Before proceeding to business, his worship the mayor stated that since the meeting was called, a great calamity had befallen the American people in the assassination of their Chief Magistrate, and his worship submitted to the meeting whether it would not behoove this council to adjourn, as a mark of respect to the memory of the late President. It was therefore

Unanimously resolved, That in respect to the memory of the late President of the United States, and as a mark of sympathy with the great public calamity which has befallen our neighbors, and also as an expression of the profound regret and horror felt by this council at the foul crime perpetrated on the revered person of the late Chief Magistrate of the United States, this council do now adjourn.

J. L. BEAUDRY, Mayor.

Resolutions passed at a meeting held by the citizens of Montreal.

MONTREAL, April 20, 1865.

In compliance with a very numerously signed requisition, a public meeting of the inhabitants was called by his worship the mayor, and held on the 19th instant, at which the following action was taken:

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