The democrats of the city of Tours applauded the victories gained by the Union over the partisans of slavery. They always hailed with joy the triumph of the great cause of humanity, so bravely sustained by your Lincolns, Grants, Sheridaus, Shermans, and Se wards. But joy gave place to grief when they heard that a madman had murdered the President of your republic, the great citizen, who, like Washington, had no other ambition than the good of his country and of humanity, who sought to make no pedestal but of his civil virtues and the respect for the laws of his country.
As precious as were the lives of Abraham Lincoln and of Seward, treacherously assassinated by the fanaticism of slavery at bay, your republic is fixed upon such a solid basis that neither the poniards nor revolvers of monsters, though they deprive it of the best citizens, can destroy it or arrest the progress of its glorious humanitary conquests.
Tell your valiant and true citizens that wherever true democrats are found their hearts have felt the blow given to your country, and those of Tours will be happy to transmit beyond the sea their fraternal salutation to the great people who have severed the last chains of slavery, and have held so high and so firmly the banner of liberty.
|A. RIVIERE, Lawyer.||PIMBERT.|
|AL. BOUDROD.||L. DESMOULINS, M. D.|
|MALERAT, Merchant.||DESTOUR, Retired Captain.|
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