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Battalion of Marines.
Two regiments of Infantry.

Commander of Escort and Staff.
Dismounted officers of Marine Corps, Navy and Army, in the order named.

Mounted Officers of Marine Corps, Navy and Army, in the order named. All military officers to be in uniform, with side-arms.

CIVIC PROCESSION.

Marshal.

Clergy in attendance. The Surgeon General of the United States army and physicians to the deceased.

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Family.

Relatives.
The delegations of the States of Illinois and Kentucky, as mourners.

The President.
The Cabinet Ministers.
The Diplomatic Corps.

Ex-Presidents.

The Chief Justice,
And Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.

The Senate of the United States,

Preceded by their officers.
Members of the House of Representatives of the United States.

Governors of the several States and Territories.
Legislatures of the several States and Territories.

The Federal Judiciary,
And the Judiciary of the several States and Territories.
The Assistant Secretaries of State, Treasury, War, Navy, Interior, and the

Assistant Postmasters General, and the

Assistant Attorney General.

Officers of the Smithsonian Institution.
The members and officers of the Sanitary and Christian Commissions.
Corporate authorities of Washington, Georgetown, and other cities.

Delegations of the several States.
The Reverend the Clergy of the various denominations.
The clerks and employés of the several departments and bureaus, preceded by

The Heads of such bureaus and their respective chief clerks.
Such societies as may wish to join the procession.

Citizens and strangers. The troops designated to form the escort will assemble in the avenue, north of the President's house, and form line precisely at 11 o'clock a. m., on Wednesday, the 19th instant, with the left resting on Fifteenth street. The procession will move precisely at 2 o'clock p. m., on the conclusion of the religious services at the Executive Mansion, (appointed to commence at 12 o'clock meridian,) when minute guns will be fired by detachments of artillery, stationed near St. John's church, the City Hall, and at the Capitol. At the same hour the bells of the several churches in Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria will be tolled.

At sunrise on Wednesday, the 19th instant, a federal salute will be fired from the military stations in the vicinity of Washington, minute-guns between the hours of twelve and three o'clock, and a national salute at the setting of the sun.

The usual badge of mourning will be worn on the left arm and on the hilt of the sword. By order of the Secretary of War :

W. A. NICHOLS, Assistant Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS ALBANY Zocave CADETS,
A Company, 10th Regiment N. G. S. N. Y.,

Albany, N. Y., April 18, 1865. At a special meeting of this organization, held this evening, the following expression of its sentiments was unanimously adopted :

A strong column in the nation's defence is fallen! Liberty mourns a champion-humanity a friend. The great head of the republic has passed away; and as citizens and soldiers we desire to publicly record our sorrow and give expression to the admiration we cherish for the spotless purity of the character of the departed, the singular originality of his mind, the firmness of his resolution, the courage of his temper, and the success which has crowned his efforts to preserve unimpaired the integrity of our federal Union. We solemnly renew our allegiance to the sacred cause for which he died, and pledge ourselves to cherish in grateful remembrance the virtues he illustrated and the principles of government he held so dear.

"Nothing can cover his high fame but heaven;

No pyramid set off his memory

But the eternal substance of his greatness." In his life, without a stain or blemish to disfigure his private fame, he was crowned with glory in his public career; through every casualty and round of action he stood a model and exemplar to the human race. In the disinterestedness of his acts, the nobleness of his designs, and purity of his motives, he stands without a rival or an equal-ornatus Dei. The unrivalled accuracy of his judgment is demonstrated in the extraordinary success of his eventful career.

Knowing the power of truth, he renewed his strength day by day with the consciousness of being right. Without a doubt of the issue-placing entire confidence in the strong arm which had upheld the nation through a succession of dangers and disasters, aided by the prayers and support of millions scattered all over the world—he pushed on unerringly in his great purpose, and was enabled to see the dawn of universal victory and peace. Alas! that the bright dream of reconciliation and restored brotherhood should be disturbed and the page of history contain the recital of the“ taking off” of a character so beneficent, so finn, and so mild, so enthusiastic and yet so rational. “Wherever among men a heart shall be found that beats to the transports of patriotism and liberty, its aspiration shall be to claim kindred with thy spirit.”

To his family and friends, upon whom this affliction falls so heavily, we would give assurance of our heartfelt sympathy, with the hope that the Divine Comforter may pour His healing balm into their hearts. The usual badge of mourning is assumed for the period of sixty days.

L. U. LENNOX,

Captain.
D. S. BENTON,
H. M. WATSON,

First and Second Lieutenants.
ALEX. McROBERTS,

Orderly Sergeant. WILLIAM A. HAMILTON, WILLIAM H. BURHANS, CHARLES C. NICHOLS, JOHN H. HASWELL,

Sergeants.

To the honorable William H. Seward, Secretary of State, United States

of America. At a meeting of the board of directors of the Young Men's Christian Association of the city of Albany, State of New York, the following expression was adopted with reference to the recent national calamity :

I. God has laid his hand on us, as a nation, sorely, in removing by a sudden and terrible death our beloved Chief Magistrate, Abraham Lincoln. We bow beneath the stroke with resignation, yet with deep sorrow. We supplicate His grace to sanctify the mysterious dispensation to our people, that we may be enabled to look unto Him in the hour of darkness, and confide the interests of this great nation to His paternal care.

II. The hand of the assassin has sought also to lay low the President's chief adviser, William H. Seward, the honored son of our own State. We see in these crimes the legitimate fruit of that treason whose seed was planted in secession, and whose growth it has cost the nation four years of bitter struggle 10 uproot. We believe that God has a great work for Christians to do, in educating the rising generation to right sentiments of loyalty to our government and its free institutions.

III. As members of the Young Men's Christian Association, we renew to President Johnson the pledge we made to his lamented predecessor. We will pray God to sustain him in the arduous duties of his office, and give him wisdom, so to direct the affairs of the government in this time of p-culiar perplexity, that our nation's integrity may be secured, and peace in righteousness once more smile on our land.

JOHN E. PAGE, President.
JAMES H. THOMAS, Secretary.

ALBANY YOUNG MEN'S ASSOCIATION. At a meeting of the executive committee of the Young Men's Association held at their rooms, April 17, 1865, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :

Whereas, in the very hour of our restored nationality, after the complete and glorious triumph of our armies, at a time when perplexing difficulties of policy were vanishing before a generous and magnanimous statesmanship, and when the glad heart of the country, full of passionate longing for reconciliation, was about to find expression in a grand jubilee of enthusiasm, the President of the United States and the Secretary of State have been made the victims of most cruel and inhuman assassins, whereby the national joy is turned to sadness, and the white robe of returning peace stained by a crime unparalleled in atrocity and infamy: Therefore,

Resolved, That while we bow in submission to the mysterious dispensation of Providence, which in the death of the President of the United States has afflicted our country, we desire to express the grief and sorrow that fill our hearts in this our national bereavement, and our detestation of the crime which, in the person of Abraham Lincoln, was perpetrated upon the whole nation.

Resolved, That we believe Abraham Lincoln, as a ruler, to have been governed by patriotic motives and honesty of purpose; and when we remember that in the darkest days he never despaired of the republic, but in the last acts of his life showed that he was actuated by a spirit of charity and conciliation toward the enemies of his country, the exercise of which gave promise of the speedy restoration of the Union, we cannot but regard his sad and untimely death as a misfortune to the whole country

Resolved, That the wicked murder of the President while he was endeavoring to force obedience, on the part of the South, to the laws and government of our common country, and to restore peace and union once more to our land, has but strengthened our love for our country, and given us renewed assurances, by the common sympathy of all good citizens, that the Union must be again restored, and the national authority asserted and maintained over the whole land.

Resolved, that the rooms of the association be draped in mourning, as a testimony of respect to the deceased, for thirty days, and this committee, and the association at large, will unite with the city authorities or citizens of this city in solemnities suitable to the occasion.

Resolved, That the President, be and is hereby, authorized to call a meeting of the members of the association and make the necessary arrangements for properly attending any funeral obsequies of the late President of the United States, or otherwise taking part in the day set apart as a day of mourning for our national bereavement. Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the city papers.

FRANKLIN EDSON,

President, Y. M. A.

Proccedings of the city council of Boston, April 17, 1865, on occasion of the death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

City of Boston, April 17, 1865. A special meeting of the city council of Boston, was convened at 12 o'clock this day, by order of his honor Frederick W. Lincoln, jr., mayor, for the purpose of expressing their respect to the memory of Abraham Lincoln, the late President of the United States.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN.
There were present at this meeting, the mayor and all the aldermen.

The board having been called to order by the mayor, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

RESOLVES. Whereas, in the providence of God, the shadow of a great grief is now resting on the people of the United States, in the sudden death, by the hand of violence, of their beloved and honored Chief Magistrate, Abraham Lincoln, now officially announced to the city council by his honor the mayor : Therefore, resolved

1. That in this early hour of the nation's bereavement and sorrow, the greatness of our loss cannot be adequately expressed by words, but it is evinced by the unspoken and unutterable language of the heart, and the tears of millions of our loyal countrymen, telling bow truly and affectionately he who was from the people, and loved the people, was loved by them.

2. That we devoutly thank God for the noble work our loved and honored President was permitted to do for the nation, guiding it with consummate sagacity and skill through the most difficult epoch of its existence; that we recog. nize especially his great wisdom and foresight in issuing his proclamation of emancipation, which will entitle him to the gratitude of the lovers of liberty throughout the world in all future ages, and give him a place in his country's fame by the side of the immortal Washington.

3. That we accord to the family of our late Chief Magistrate our heartfelt and tender sympathy in their irreparable loss, assuring them that we cherish as one of our country's priceless legacies the memory of him whom the nation mourns.

4. That the atrocious attempt to take the life of our Secretary of State, the honorable William H. Seward, and the assaults on the members of his household have excited the liveliest interest for his preservation, and we trust that his life may long be spared, and his valuable counsels continue to benefit his country.

5. That we assure President Johnson of our cordial support in the great task devolved upon him by this horrible crime, entreating him to believe that the nation instructed by this last bitter experience, will sustain the government more unitedly than ever in vigorous and effective measures for suppressing a wicked and unnatural rebellion, in meting out justice to all its abettors, and securing the amplest guarantees for peace in all coming time; trusting that he will not pause until every seed of its possible life is destroyed, and our whole country rests on the sure basis of full and impartial liberty.

6. That, as a proper mark of respect, Faneuil Hall and the City Hall be draped in mourning for the period of thirty days, and that on the day of the funeral ceremonies in Washington his honor the mayor order all public offices, schools, and places of amusement to be closed, and request an entire suspension of business on the part of our citizens.

7. Tbat a delegation from the city government, consisting of his honor Mayor Lincoln, two aldermen, the president and three members of the common council attend the obsequies of the late President of the United States.

8. That a eulogy on the character and services of Abraham Lincoln be pronounced before the city government at an early day, and that a joint committee be appointed to make the necessary arrangements.

9. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the President of the United States, the heads of the different departments at Washington, and the family of the deceased.

The passage of the foregoing resolutions having been advocated by Alderman Nathaniel C. Nash, with some appropriate remarks, they were unanimously adupted by the board, cach member : ising in his place.

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