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At a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce of Liverpool, held on the 28th day of April, 1865-present, Wellwood Maxwell, (W. A. & G. Maxwell & Co.,) president; J. Spence, (Richardson, Spence & Co.,) vice-president; F. A. Hamilton, (Brown, Shepley & Co.;) Stewart H. Brown; M. Hyslop, (W. A. & G. Maxwell & Co. ;) Henry W. Gair, T. K. Twist, (Rathbone Brothers & Co.;) C. W. Pickering, (J. H. Schroeder & Co.;) Charles MacIver, (C. & D. MacIver ;) Charles Forget, Charles P. Melly, George Melly, (Melly, Forget & Co.;) William Rome, (Eyre, Evans & Co.;) H. Stolterfoht, H. Stolterfoht, jr., (Stolterfoht, Sons, & Co.;) Thomas Boyde, Thomas Stolterfoht, (Boyde, Edwards & Co.;) Fredinand Karck, (Drake, Kleinwort & Cohen ;) Edgar Garston, (George Green & Co.;) George Martin, Meadows Frost-it was

Unanimously resolved, That this chamber begs to express to the American minister, and through him to the government of the United States, its deep abhorrence of the foul deed that has been perpetrated by assassins in the ruthless murder of the President of the United States and the dastardly attempt upon the life of Mr. Secretary Seward.

The chamber offers to the whole American people its heartfelt condolence on the terrible loss they have sustained in the person of their Chief Magistrate.

To Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Suward the chamber would respectfully tender the expression of its most sincere sympathy in their great affliction.



At a special general meeting of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, held on Friday, the 5th of May, 1865, H. W. Meade King, esq., vice-president, in the chair, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :

Resolved, That this chamber, in special meeting assembled, hereby record the profound sorrow and indignation with which they have heard of the asgilssination of the honorable Abraham Lincoln, and the attempt on the life of the honorable W. H. Seward; while expressing their deep sympathy with the Chambers of Commerce of the United States of America, and through them with the nation at large, in this national calamity, they fervently hope that it may not delay the return of peace and confidence to an afflicted country.

Resolved, That the president be requested to forward a copy of this resolution to his excellency Charles Francis Adams, the American minister, for transmission to his government at Washington, and that copies be also sent to Mrs. Lincoln and the honorable W. H. Seward, and also to the New York Chamber of Commerce, with a request that that chamber will kindly send copies to every other chamber of commerce or board of trade in the United States.

Mercantile Marine Service Association, Liverpool.

At a meeting of the council of the Mercantile Marine Service Association, held at the offices of the association, 66 Tower buildings, Water street, Liverpool, on Monday, the 1st of May, 1865, Captain Benjamin Sproule in the chair, it was

Unanimously resolved, (on the motion of Captain James W. Jeffrey, seconded by Captain James R. Rea,) That this association desires to express, in the strongest possible terms, its deep feelings of sorrow and indignation at the recent foul assassination of Mr. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, and also at the diabolical attempt, made about the same hour, upon the lives of Mr. Secretary Seward and his son, Mr. Seward, the under secretary

It was further

Unanimously resolved, That this association also ventures to place on record its heartfelt sympathy with Mrs. Lincoln and her family in the irreparable loss they have sustained in the awfully sudden and truly sad and unlooked for departure from among them of the late President of the United States, and the association earnestly hope that consolation be ministered to them in this bitter hour of trial and distress.

It was also

Unanimously resolved, That the secretary do transmit copies of the foregoing resolutions, through the proper channel, to Mr. President Jobnson, as representing the American people, and to Mrs. Lincoln.

BENJ. SPROULE, President.

Vice-President of the Liverpool Cotton Brokers' Association to Mr. Dudley.

LIVERPOOL, April 28, 1865. Sir: At the usual weekly meeting of the Cotton Brokers' Association of this town, held this morning, the appalling assassination of the late President of the United States, and the atrocious attempt on the lives of Mr. Secretary Seward and his son, were the theme of unanimous execration and abhorrence.

I have been requested to convey to you, as the representative of the United States at this port, the expression of the deep sympathy and condolence of this association, in common with the country at large, at a calamity so awful and which has impressed our body with the strongest feelings of profound regret and indignation, as well as of commiseration, for a people with whom we are so closely allied in the bonds of good will, as well as in the daily business of our lives. I trust you will favorably receive this imperfect assurance, that in the terrible blow which it has pleased God to inflict on your great nation they and you have the utmost possible sympathy of the members of our association, both individually and collectively, In the absence (from ill-health) of our president, Edgar Musgrove, esq., I beg to subscribe myself on behalf of this association, with all respect, sir, your obedient humble servant,

D. C. BUCHANAN, Vice-President. Thomas H. DUDLEY, Esq.,

American Consul, Liverpool.

At a meeting of the committee of the Liverpool Emancipation Society, held May 3, 1865, the following resolutions were passed unanimou-ly, and ordered to be forwarded to his excellency the Hon. C. F. Adams, for transmission to the government of the United States :

That the Liverpool Emancipation Society, in recording its deepest sorrow for the death of President Lincoln, cut off as he has been in the midst of a life of usefulness rarely equalled, expresses its sympathy with his bereaved family in their affliction and with the people of the United States in their loss.

That the society expresses at once its sympathy with Mr. Seward and his family in their sufferings, and its heart-felt satisfaction that the purposes of the assassin were in this case frustrated.

That, in conveying to the people of the United States this testimony of sor- 1 row for their bereavement, this society also records its profoundest thankfulness that, in the good providence of God, the great cause of emancipation, so nobly carried out during the last four years by President Lincoln and the legislature, is in the safe keeping of a people fully awakened to a sense of its responsibility ;.

a people resolved to make peace on the basis of freedom only, and thus hand
down to succeeding generations a heritage enlarged, ennobled and consecrated
by the precious blood of martyrs.
Signed on behalf of the society :

CHARLES WILLSON, Chairman of Committee.


Extract from Proceedings. Moved by Owen Williams, esq.; seconded by Joseph Coventry, esq., and resolved unanimously

Believing that it is the duty of all associated bodies of Englishmen to give expression to the feelings of horror and indignation excited in every English mind by the execrable murder of the wise, patriotic, and magnanimous ruler of a great people, and this in a moment when, triumphant in the terrible struggle which has so long devastated his native land, he had no thoughts but those of clemency toward the vanquished; no desire but to assuage all animosities, and to confer on all classes of his fellow-countrymen, without distinction of color, the blessing of equal rights and privileges; and regarding with equal horror and detestation the murderous assaults on the chief Secretary of State and members of his family, the council of the Liverpool Financial Reform Association desire to convey to the President and people of the United States, to the bereaved widow and family of Abraham Lincoln, and to the Hon. Mr. Seward, if his life be happily spared, or to his family, if deceased, an assurance of their sincere sorrow and sympathy, in contemplation of the atrocious deeds which have converted the hour of triumph for them and their country into one of universal mourning; and, also, an expression of their earnest hope that, whatever differences of opinion or causes of complaint there may have been on one side or the other, the knowledge that there is not one person in America not closely related to the victims that detests and deplores these savage deeds and their consequences more than every honest man in the United Kingdom, will have the effect of burying in oblivion the remembrances of all such grievances, real or imaginary, and of permanently restoring those feelings of cordial amity which ought ever to prevail between two great nations, one in race, language, laws of religion, and henceforth, in really free iustitutions. And the council further desire that the Hon. Mr. Adams, resident American minister at London, will have the goodness to transmit this resolution to the proper parties in the United States. CHARLES EDWARD MACQUEEN,


Resolution passed at the ordinary meeting of the Albert Literary Society.

THE LATE PRESIDENT LINCOLN. At the ordinary meeting of the Albert Literary Society, on the 4th instant, held at the Royal Institution, Colquitt street, Mr. G. H. Ball in the chair, the following resolution was proposed by Mr. A. B. Hayward, the vice-president, seconded by Mr. E. J. Parr, the treasurer, and carried unanimously :

"That this society record its deep horror of the enormous crime which has deprived the American people of their Chief Magistrate, and tender to the late President Liricoln's family, and the nation at large, its sincere sympathy, and also its appreciation of his singular ability, rare integrity, and progressive spirit."

WILLIAM EVANS, Hon. Secretary. LIVERPOOL, May 5, 1865.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Sic semper tyrannis !" the assassin cried,

As Lincoln fell. O villian! who than he

More lived to set both slave and tyrant free?
Or so enrapt with plans of freedom died,
That even thy treacherous deed shall glance aside

And do the dead man's will by land and sea ;

Win bloodless battles, and make that to be
Which to his living mandate was denied !
Peace to that gentle heart! The peace be sought

For all mankind, por for it dies in vain.
Rest to the uncrowned king, who, toiling, brought

His bleeding country through that dreadful reign;
Who, living, earn'd a world's revering thought,
And, dying, leaves his name without a stain.

ROBERT LEIGHTON, of Liverpool.

At a public meeting of the inhabitants of the borough of Leeds, in the county of York, held in the Town Hall, on the 1st of May, 1865, convened by the mayor, in accordance with a requisition presented to him by the inhabitantspresent, the mayor, in the chair

Resolved, That the inhabitants of Leeds, in public meeting assembled, would emphatically express the feeling of horror and intense regret with which they have heard of the atrocious acts by which the United States of America have been suddenly deprived of their President, and the life of his chief Secretary has been endangered; and that they recall with melancholy interest the friendly feeling invariably displayed by the late President Lincoln towards this country.

Resolved, That while deeply lamenting the removal of President Lincoln from his exalted position, at a time when his combined wisdom and benevolence seemed peculiarly needful to secure the peaceful and harmonious reconstruction of the American nation, this meeting earnestly hopes the surviving statesmen of that great republic may succeed in speedily and happily surmounting every obstacle to such a reconstruction, in accordance with the immutable principles of justice and freedom.

Resolved, That a copy of the preceding resolutions, signed by the mayor, on behalf of the meeting, be forwarded to the United States government, and that the American Consul at Leeds be requested to transmit such copy to the embassy in London.

Resolved, That copies of the foregoing resolutions be also forwarded to Mrs. Lincoln, with an expression of the deep sympathy entertained by the inhabitants of Leeds for herself and her family in their heavy bereavement and affliction.

J. D. ZUNOCK, Mayor.

At a large meeting of work-people, in the Leeds Working Men's Hall, on Thursday evening, April 27, held to hear a dramatic reading, opportunity was taken to show the deep feeling of sympathy felt among the working classes for their brethren in America on the sad loss of President Lincoln.

The following resolution was unanimously carried, with a request that the American consul in Leeds would kindly forward it to the proper quarter:

Resolved, This meeting desires to express its deep and heartfelt sympathy with the people of the United States on the terrible bereavement they have just experienced in the assassination of President Lincoln, and its feeling of horror at the cowardly murder by which they have been deprived of a sound leader, a wise counsellor, a beloved friend, and an honest man. In Abraham Lincoln the working classes of this country have long had the fullest confidence, as the uncompromising enemy of the detestable institution of slavery; and although recent victories had placed his enemies at his feet, his noble-heartedness and kindly disposition led bim to extend forgiveness to them, in the hope of restoring peace and unity among the American people.

This meeting prays that God, in His infinite mercy, will so direct the rulers of America that peace may be soon restored, the Union cemented, and slavery forever abolished.

FRED. R. SPARK, Vice-President, Chairman.

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Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward. No. 936.]


London, April 28, 1865. Sir: I had the grief to receive the day before yesterday the telegraphic despatches from Mr. Stanton, the Secretary of War, and from Mr. Hunter, the chief clerk of your department, announcing the afflicting event of the 14th instant, which has thrown our whole people into such deep distress. They also give a narrative of the simultaneous savage onslaught upon yourself in your sickroom, and upon your son, the Assistant Secretary, which had not at the latest date, and which I yet permit myself to hope will not prove fatal to either of you.

I immediately took the requisite measures to communicate the intelligence to the different legations on the continent.

It is but consistency that a rebellion which began in perjury, treachery, and fraud, should close with private assassination.

The whole of the day was one of the greatest excitement. Few events of the present century have created such general consternation and indignation. Many people called personally at the legation to express their deep sympathy, and many more sent me notes of the same tenor.

The notices taken by the press are almost all of them of a most honorable character. I transmit copies of the leading newspapers. There seems, at last, to be a general testimony borne to the noble qualities of the President, and the friendly disposition of the Secretary of State.

If all this eulogy be found mingled with the alloy of unworthy aspersions of the Vice-President, who succeeds, he has abundant consolation in the reflection that when his predecessor began he was not a whit better treated. It is a weakness of the press and the people of this country not to value some men properly until they are lost: the case of the late Prince Consort is a remarkable instance.

The proceedings in the two houses of Parliament last evening mark out the line proposed to be adopted by the government on this occasion. I have the hovor to be, sir, your obedient servant,

Secretary of State, Washington,

D. C.

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