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to all the privileges that under the Constitution of our country, or that of any other, God has deigned to bestow upon any class of people. But they must remember that they have a work to do, and that while God is just to all his people, he requires that they shall be just to Him. You shall be free, and invested with all the priv ileges of which men are capable of wise and proper exercise, for Abraham Lincoln's word is out!

It is not my right to suggest a word of counsel or advice for the future, but I have the right to say that there is one man who seeks your prayers and desires your counsel. It is he who has been recently inaugurated, unexpectedly-and distrustfully, as we are told-President of these United States. Though a President has gone, we must sustain the President that remains. I look upon the State of Tennessee, from which he comes, as being the centre of the great arch of the Union: midway between the South and North, with the climate of the one and the other, its soil susceptible of producing the products of both sections, it calls for all the consideration that either section of the country can demand for its people. Its political character and structure has the same variety and connection with the destinies of our country, and for thirty years has been more closely contested in political struggles than any other State of the Union. Its vote has decided many issues, and great men have represented its interests and destinies, and it has given us two Presidents, whose administrations have been identified closely, not only with the existence, but with the extension and interest of our country. Jackson, with his mailed arm, struck disunion down at its first appearance, and adapted the policy of the country to its need. Polk confirmed the policy of Jackson, and extended the boundaries of our happy land until it reached from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast. Among the great men of place we have had Benton, Houston, Bell, Foster, and hundreds of others whose names are known, and who have been and are connected indissolubly with the happiness and liberty of our people. From amid these men the new President has been called. Among them he has grown, and from their teachings has he been instructed. His life has been one of activity, energy, and integrity. Character is not made in a day; it will never be forfeited in an hour. Our lamented President, if he could advise us, would counsel us to sustain the Government and those left to take his place; and we are assured that the two great officers then at the head of the nation-a few days before the departure of the first and greatest -upon full consultation, found that they had perfectly concurrent views, and separated with the confidence that each wished the prosperity and success of the other. Let us then accept this day,

its grief, and the lesson which it imparts, and be more than ever de termined, in the presence of God, and with the ability and power He has given us, to do our duty to our country, by maintaining its institutions and perpetuating its principles and liberties.




HROUD the banner! rear the cross!

Jonsecrate a nation's loss;

Gaze on that majestic sleep,

Stand beside his bier to weep;

Lay the gentle son of Toil

Proudly in his native soil;
Crowned with honor, to his rest
Bear the Prophet of the West!


How cold the brow that yet doth wear

The impress of a nation's care!

How still the heart whose every beat

Glowed with compassion's sacred heat!
Rigid the lips whose patient smile
Duty's stern task would oft beguile;

Blood-quenched the pensive eye's soft light,
Nerveless the hand so slow to smite;

So week in rule, it leads, though dead,
The people as in life it led.


Oh! let his wise and gentle sway

Win every recreant to-day,

And sorrow's vast and holy wave

Blend all our hearts around his grave!

Let the traitor's craven fears,

Let the faithful bondsmen's tears,
And the People's grief and pride
Plead against the parricide!
Let us throng to pledge and pray
Around the patriot-martyr's clay;
Then with solemn faith in Right,
That made him victor in the fight,
Cling to the path he fearless trod,
Still radiant with the smile of God.


Shroud the banner! rear the cross!

Consecrate a nation's loss!

Gaze on that majestic sleep,

Stand beside his bier to weep;

Lay the gentle son of Toil,

Proudly in his native soil;
Crowned with honor to his rest,

Bear the Prophet of the West!

Henry T. Tuckerman.




THE body of President Lincoln was exposed to public view in the Capitol during the 20th, and so constant and numerous was the crowd which pressed forward all that dreary rainy day to gaze for the last time on the sad face so familiarized during the four years, that the Rotunda was kept open from six in the morning till nine o'clock at night.

Among the twenty-five thousand who passed before the coffin were thousands of soldiers, some of whom hobbled from the hospitals where they had long been confined, to look once more on their late Commander-in-chief.

The hour of closing found some thousands who had waited for hours in vain.

The guard of honor, which had been on duty all day, was relieved by Brigadier-General James A. Ekin, and Major D. C. Welsh and Captain Joseph T. Powers, of his staff; and Brigadier-General James A. Hall, and Captain E. H. Nevin, Jr., and Lieutenant Terence Riley, of his staff, who stayed with the remains during the night. And at six o'clock in the morning, Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War; Hon. J. P. Usher, Secretary of the Interior; Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy; Hon. William Dennison, Postmaster-General; Hon. J. J. Speed, Attorney-General; Lieut.-Gen. Grant, and a portion of his staff, Major-General Meigs, Rev. Doctor Gurley, and several Senators, the Illinois delegation, and a number of officers of the army, arrived at the Capitol and took a last look at the face of the deceased. The coffin was then

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