Mr. Campbell to Mr. Hunter

No. 21.]

Sir: I had the honor to receive your circular of the 17th ultimo, announcing to me, officially, the assassination of our revered Chief Magistrate, the President of the United States of America.

The melancholy tidings reached this legation in a semi-official character, on the night of the 26th ultimo, from the embassy of the United States in London; and the action taken in relation thereunto, and the reasons therefor, will be found fully set forth in my despatches No. 17, of the 30th ultimo, and No. 18, of the 3d instant.

The order from the Department of State, of the 17th ultimo, relating to wearing crape in honor of the memory of our late illustrious Chief Magistrate, was received and duly made known to the several consuls within the jurisdiction of this legation; but, immediately upon the receipt of the disastrous news, I took measures to pay that tribute of respect to the departed President.

In the midst of unfeigned sorrow at the death of the late President, I learn with much satisfaction of the improved condition of the Secretary of State and [Page 203] the Assistant Secretary of State, and trust that their valuable lives may be spared to their family and the nation.

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,


Hon. W. Hunter, Acting Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.