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they have sustained; and request the chairman of this meeting to communicate a copy to them of the foregoing resolutions.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the officers thereof, and that the newspapers of the State be requested to publish the same.
Resolutions passed at a meeting held by the St. George's Benevolent Society,
Cincinnati, Ohio. At a meeting of the St. George's Benevolent Society, held in their room, No 102 Walnut street, Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, April 20, Mr. Daniels, president of the society in the chair, the following preamble and resolutious were unanimously adopted : Whereas, while rejoicing over the victories which have crow
wned the arms and secured the triumph of the government of the United States over the rebellion we were astounded by the news of the assassination of the President: Therefore, be it
Resolved, That with unfeigned sorrow under this national calamity, we bow before this mysterious dispensation of Divine Providence, and with unfaltering faith in the wisdom and goodness of God, we pray that the people of the United States may have the assistance of His grace to bear this heavy trial with fortitude and patience.
Resolved, That we record our testimony to the exemplary integrity, patriotism, sagacity, and goodness of Abraham Lincoln, and deplore his death as a calamity, not only to the United States, but to the cause of human progress and freedom throughout the world.
Resolved, That amidst our mourning we are pleased to find that our countrymen all over the United States and Canada have manifested their sorrow and abhorrence of this diabolical act, and with them we sincerely hope that the future of this, our adopted country, will be peace, unity, and prosperity.
Resolved, That owing to this national calamity we postpone our annual celebration until further notice. Signed by the committee.
J. A. DANIELS.
Resolutions passed at a mreting held by the city council of the city of Columbus,
SUNDAY, April 16, 1865. At a special meeting of the city council of the city of Columbus, beld this day, all the members thereof being present, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :
For the first time in this country has our Chief Magistrate fallen by the band of an assassin. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States has thus fallen. For the first time with us has the life of a cabinet minister been assailed. That crime, that has cursed and blighted other lands bas been inaugurated in this. That practice that ever has produced, and that, if unchecked, ever must produce, first anarchy and then despotism, has begun here. The example has been set of removing a magistrate, not by the constitutionally expressed will of the people, but by murder. Let this example grow into use and there will be an end of free government among us. There can be no true liberty where life is insecure; there can be no stable or beneficent government where the dagger of an
assassin overthrows or usurps the national will. To these general truths, of vital importance to society, the occasion presents other and most painful reflections. In the midst of the universal rejoicings over the success of our arms and the prospects of peace, the Chief Magistrate, during whose administration the rebelIion had been crushed, and from whose power, influence, and patriotism the most sanguine hopes of a speedy pacification were entertained, has been violently taken from our midst. The banners that yesterday morning proudly and joyously floated from the mast-head, now hang in the drapery and gloom of mourning; and where but lately universal gratulations were exchanged there are now seen and heard universal greetings of sorrow.
In this most painful hour of a nation's distress, it is most meet and proper that all official bodies and all citizens should solemnly express their abhorrence of the deeds of murder that have caused this distress; that they should deter, by their unanimity, a repetition of such deeds, and should manifest clearly to the world that the people of these States are not, and do not mean to be, involved in the horrors of anarchy, and that they will never give up the blessings of law, order, and free government. And it is also most meet and becoming that the sympathy of the
nation for the bereaved family of the late President, and for the surviving and suffering victims of the tragedy, should be expressed.
Be it, therefore, resolved, by the city c:suncil of the city of Columbus :
1. That this council and the people of Columbus view with abhorrence the decds of murder that have deprived the country of its President, and have endangered the lives of the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of State.
2. That this council and the people of this city most deeply deplore the death of President Lincoln, and regard it as a great public calamity, and hereby tender their sincerest sympathy to his bereaved and afflicted family.
3. That we desire, on this solemn occasion, to place upon record our appreciation of the high and commanding qualities of the late President Lincoln, as a man of integrity and a patriot statesman, one who lived and labored for what he deemed to be the honor and best interests of his country, who united mildness and kindness of heart with firmness of purpose, and whose character, on the whole, fitted him peculiarly for the great work of pacification and reconciliation upon
which he had entered. 4. That the warm sympathy of this council and community is felt for the suffering Secretary and Assistant Secretary of State.
5. That a committee of nine of this council (one from each ward) be appointed to act in conjunction with such committees as may be appointed by the State authorities and the citizens generally, to make suitable preparations for the reception here of the remains of the late President, should they be conveyed through this city.
6. That copies of these resolutions be transmitted by the president of the council to Mrs. Lincoln and Mr. Seward.
President of the Council. Attest:
JOSEPH DOWDALL, City Clerk.
In Common Council, Chicago, Illinois, April 17, 1865. Whereas Abraham Lincoln, a citizen of Illinois, a man eminent for the purity of bis life and his unselfish devotion to his country, and for four Presi. dent of the United States, while still performing the duties of that office to which he had been re-elected by a confiding people, has been stricken down by the hand of a murderer;
And whereas his honored remains are now lying in state at Washington, and the funeral ceremonies will take place on Wednesday next: Therefore,
Be it resolved by the mayor and aldermen of the city of Chicago, That we have received the news of this terrible calamity with the deepest emotions of horror and of grief.
Resolved, That the deceased will stand among the foremost of the brightest names of history, and will be forever remembered with admiration and honor, not only by his countrymen, but by the good and true of all countries and of all times.
Resolved, That while we deplore our own and the nation's loss, our warmest sympathies and sincere condolence are extended to the bereaved widow and fatherless children of the late President.
Resolred, That a committee from this city be appointed to visit Washington, and in behalf of the citizens of Chicago take part in the funeral ceremonies ; also to accompany the remains to Springfield.
Resolred, That copies of these resolutions be forwarded to the family of the deceased, and to each member of his cabinet, and be furnished for publication to
Resolved, That the eminent statesman, William H. Seward, now suffering from wounds received from one of the same band of assassins who murdered the late President, has our deepest sympathy and respect, and our most earnest wishies for his speedy restoration to health. Approved :
F. C. SHERMAN, Mayor. STATE of Illinois, City of Chicago, ss :
I, H. W. Zimmerman, clerk of the city of Chicago aforesaid, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of resolutions adopted this day by the common council of said city. (SEAL]
Witness my hand and the corporate seal of said city of Chicago, the 17th day of April, A. D. 1865.
H. W. ZIMMERMAN, City Clerk.
IN MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
CITY OF CONCORD, X. H. Resolutions respecting the recent national bereavement. Resolved by the city council of the city of Concord, as follows :
1. That in the death of Abraham Lincoln we deplore the loss of a great and good man; an able, faithful, and honest President, à sagacious and pure minded statesman, a guileless patriot ; in his life the God-appointed champion of Union and liberty, and in his death their sacred martyr.
2. That in the manner of his death we recognize a natural manifestation of the fiendish barbarism of slavery, which, having sought in vain the nation's life in four years of bloody rebellion, culminated in world-astounding murder, striking down the people's chiefest and most beloved servant, and spreading a pall over the whole land.
3. That with humble reliance upon God, in whose hands are the destinies of men and nations, we would take to heart the lesson of this deplorable event as solemnly enforcing the imperative duty of the utter extirpation of human slavery from our land, and the execution of full justice upon slavery-engendered treason as mercy to the nation.
4. That we rejoice that the life of the honored and faithful Secretary of State has been spared from the assassin's knife to the service of his country ; and
that the murderers' plot so far failed as it contemplated within its fell scope the death of other high executive and military officers of the government.
5. That we have entire confidence in the ability, integrity, and patriotism of Andrew Johnson as a worthy successor of Abraham Lincoln in the presidency of these United States, and we pledge him our earnest and hearty support in the performance of his high and onerous duties, and bid him, and all those engaged with him in the administration of our national affairs, God-speed in the great work of reconstruction upon the basis of justice, liberty, and equal rights.
6. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the President of the United States and the heads of the several departments at Washington. In common council, April 29, 1865. Passed unanimously.
ISAAC N. ABBOTT, President. In board of mayor and aldermen, April 29, 1865. Passed unanimously. (SEAL.]
MOSES HUMPHREY, Mayor.
Resolutions passed at a meeting held by the citizens of Erie, Pennsylvania.
The following preamble and resolutions were reported to an adjourned meeting of citizens of Erie, held at Farrar Hall on Tuesday evening, April 18, and unanimously adopted.
The committee through which they were reported consisted of Charles W. Kelso, Andrew Scott, George W. Starr, Irvin Camp, George W. De Camp, Joseph M. Sterret, John P. Vincent, and M. R. Barr.
Whereas, after four years of terrible and destructive war, waged by traitors for the purpose of subverting our government and destroying our Union, the people of the United States were celebrating with joy and thanksgiving the success. of our arms, and the speedy return of peace and fraternal concord through these successes, due, under God, to the wise administration of the Chief Magistrate of the nation, Abraham Lincoln ;
And whereas, in the midst of these rejoicings, the sudden and terrible calamity of the death of our revered and beloved President by the hand of a traitorous assassin has fallen upon us, turning our pæans of joy and thanksgiving into dirges of sorrow and anguish;
And whereas it is proper that the people of the United States everywhere should manifest their sense of this their great bereavement, as well as their confidence in the patriot and statesman who, through the inscrutable dispensation of Providence, is called upon to administer the government of the United States, and their determination to sustain him in his great and important duties as they have in the past sustained his lamented predecessor : Therefore,
Resolved, That we, the people of the city of Erie, while bowing with submission to the will of God and His inscrutable decrees, do hereby express our deep and unfeigned grief at the death of Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States, a magistrate so pure, so upright, and so clear in his great office as to have won the admiration and esteem even of his political enemies, and the affection and love of all who faithfully and truly loved their country ' and its integrity—a man so honest in all his intercourse with man, so kind
hearted in all the relations of life, that no man who knew him could be his personal enemy unless filled with passions so barbarous as to unfit him for intercourse with civilized humanity.
Resolved, That, severe as the affliction is, we bow in humble submission to the will of that Being who has in his inscrutable wisdom permitted the deed to be done, saying, “ Not our will but thine be done.”
Resolved, That this affliction comes with peculiar severity at this time of our country's trial, when the consummate wisdom and undoubted patriotism of our good President was about arranging the disordered condition of our country's affairs, and that, while life shall last, we will cherish the memory of the great and good Abraham Lincoln as one of the most precious of our country's possessions.
Resolved, That we have entire confidence in the patriotism, integrity, and ability of Andrew Johnson, now President of the United States, fully beliering and hoping that he will carry out the wise and judicious policy of our late lamented President, and spare no effort to crush this infamous rebellion, which shows its legitimate character in the employment of base assassins to effect that which their want of manly courage could not effect—the destruction of our civil rulers, and that we, one and all, “ Pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors” to maintain and defend the government of our fathers, whether assailed by armed traitors in rebellious States, or skulking assassins in the national capital.
Resolved, That we are gratified at the evidence already given by Andrew Johnson of his disposition to carry out the views and policy of our late beloved President by the retention of his counsellors in the cabinet, believing that they were the hearty and able co-operators of Mr. Lincoln in his most wise and successful administration of the government.
Resolved, That we sincerely and deeply sympathize with our Secretary of State, Hon. William H. Seward, in his multiplied afflictions, and are thankful for his escape with his life from the poniard of the assassin, and we pray most heartily that he may be spared and restored to health and activity, when, by his matchless ability, he may continue to confound, as he has in the past, the infamous machinations of foreign governments to involve our country in ruin.
Resolved, That we sympathize, from the very depths of our hearts, with Mrs. Lincoln and the other members of her family in their deplorable bereavement, and that we most heartily commend her and them to the tender mercies of that God who does not willingly afflict the children of men, and has promised to be the protector of the widow and the fatherless, earnestly praying that from behind this dark and heavy cloud they may jet discern the smile of a merciful and gracious God.
Resolved, 'That a copy of the above resolutions, signed by the officers of this meeting, be transmitted to Mrs. Lincoln, his Excellency Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, and the Hon. William 1. Seward, Secretary of State.
F. F. FARRAR, President.
Pursuant to previous notice, a meeting of the citizens of Huntsville and Madison county, Alabama, was held in the court-house at 12 m. on the 13th instant, which was very largely attended.
On motion of Ilon. Nicholas Davis, IIon. D. C. Humphreys was called to the chair. He explained the object of the meeting to be to give expression to the sentiments of the community, and the citizens generally, in regard to the death of the President of the United States by the hands of the assassin. His remarks evinced deep feeling, and were forcible and judicious.
On motion of Hon. D. P. Lewis, W. B. Figures was requested to act as secretary of the meeting.
Judge P. M. Dnx then moved that a committee of fifteen be appointed by the chair to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the assemblage, which was carried.