Municipal Council of Concord, New Hampshire
IN MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Resolutions respecting the recent national bereavement.
Resolved by the city council of the city of Concord., as follows:
- That in the death of Abraham Lincoln we deplore the loss of a great and good man; an able, faithful, and honest President, a 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 [Page 663]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.
- 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.
- That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the President of the United States and the heads of the several departments at Washington.