Municipal Council of Bananquilla
The municipal council of Bananquilla, faithful interpreter of the people it represents, declares that Abraham Lincoln has merited the sympathies of society for his eminent services lent to humanity, by returning to the condition of freemen four millions of beings held by shameful avarice in the catalogue of beasts, condemned to labor night and day to uphold in idleness and luxury their oppressors.
That it disapproves and condemns the horrifying crime committed, on the 14th of April of this year, on the person of the enlightened citizen Abraham: Lincoln, by the treacherous hand of the partisans of the traffic in human flesh.[Page 638]
That the death of Mr. Lincoln* is touching and painful to the people of Bananquilla, and the council performs a duty in inscribing this resolution on its records as a testimonial to his memory.
Let this be communicated to whom it may concern.
- MANUEL MOLINARES, President.
- RAFAEL P. FONUEYRA, Vice-President.
- D. MALABET.
- JUAN DE D. ROCHA.
- JUAN SANTRICH,
- JOSE G. NUBIO.
- MANUEL PREN.
- J. M. DE LA PEÑA, Secretary.
My hand refuses to translate the word “lenador,” as it was intended. It is here used with perfect respect, as it is in the resolution of the constituent assembly of Bolivar, where I translate it “woodsman,” at the expense of fidelity. What a change in its signification from 1860 to 1865.
allan a. burton.↩