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1865 April 22: Prescott Responds to the Death of Abraham Lincoln

April 25, 2015

The following comes from the April 22, 1865, issue of The Prescott Journal—the first issue published since the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

DEATH OF MR. LINCOLN.

Meeting of our Citizens.

The news of the death of President LINCOLN was received here last Saturday morning, but was not generally delivered until evening.  A meeting was immediately called for Sunday afternoon.  At that time the Brick Church was appropriately draped, and was crowded with those anxious to do reverence to the lamented dead.  The meeting was organized as follows :

President, PAINE CONVERSE, Esq.
Vice Presidents, A. A. MEACHAM, W. J. COFF, JOSEPH FINNER, JAMES GUNN, O. T. RICHARDS, MASON STONE, WM. HOWES.Secretary, O. T. MAXSON.

Appropriate and eloquent remarks were made by Revs. E. S Havens, T. B. Rogers, Charles Thayer, W. C. Dennison, W. J. Copp, Esq., and Capt. O. T. Maxson.  The speeches were interspersed with music under the direction of Prof. Billings.

W. J. Copp, Esq., from the committee on Resolutions, presented the following, which were adopted:

WHEREAS,  The mournful intelligence has been borne to us, that the venerated President of the United States, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, has fallen by the hand of an assassin ;  Therefore

Resolved,  That we consider the death of our beloved President, as a martyrdom to the body cause of liberty and as such we will embalm the memory of his virtues in our most sincere affections.

Resolved,  That in the official life of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, we discover nothing to conflict with purity of intention, the loftiest patriotism, and an earnest desire to obey and execute the laws—that the Republic may in the great and hidden future of its history, elevate to the first office in its gift others equal in capacity and virtue to our lamented President ;  __ will _ell to God a superior.

1.  The quotation is from William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5.

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