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LEGISLATIVE HONORS

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The Memory of

PRESIDENT LINCOLN.

MESSAGE OF GOV. FENTON

TO THE LEGISLATURE, COMMUNICATING THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT
LINCOLN.

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ALBANY:

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STATE OF NEW YORK.

IN ASSEMBLY,
ALBANY, April 27, 1865.

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Resolved, That the Clerk procure four thousand copies of the pro-
ceedings and remarks in the Assembly Chamber on the death of the
late President of the United States, to be printed in pamphlet form,
for use of the members, officers and reporters of the Assembly.
BY ORDER.

J. B. CUSHMAN,

CLERK.

NOTE.- Although the resolution directing the publication contemplates only the proceedings of the Assembly, for the purpose of preserving, in an enduring form, the entire Legislative action upon the occasion, the proceedings of the Senate relative thereto are also included in the same volume.

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LEGISLATIVE HONORS

TO THE

MEMORY OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN.

MESSAGE OF THE GOVERNOR.

IN ASSEMBLY,

Saturday, April 15, 1865.

The private secretary of His Excellency the Governor appeared in the Assembly chamber and presented a communication from His Excellency, in the words following, to wit:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
ALBANY, April 15, 1865.

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To the Legislature:

It becomes my painful duty to announce to the Legislature the death of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PresiIdent of the United States.

It is with emotions of profound sorrow that I make this announcement to your honorable body. Such an event is a national calamity, and under the circumstances now attending this bereavement, the nation weeps with heightened anguish. To be deprived of his wisdom, experience and counsel, at a time when most important to return us securely to

national peace, fraternity and prosperity; at a time when the gigantic war which confronted him at the threshold of his administration is about drawing to a close, and a final deliverance obtained from our civil disturbances, for which we have sacrificed so much, is a calamity that will cause the deepest sadness and gloom to the millions of our land and to the friends of freedom throughout the world.

Thus, it is the third time in our history, the Republic is subjected to this trial, but it is hoped that our good cause and country, watered by a nation's tears and sanctified by its prayers, will pass in safety through the ordeal to a higher life and destiny.

I have also to communicate to you the sad intelligence that our noble Secretary of State, an honored and favored son of New York, WILLIAM H. SEWARD, was likewise the victim of the tragic. plot of the assassins, and now lies in an unconscious condition. May God spare his life to the nation.

R. E. FENTON.

In connection therewith, Mr. VAN BUREN offered for the consideration of the House a resolution, in the words following, to wit:

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the message of His Excellency the Governor, communicating intelligence of the foul murder of the President

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