Mr. Rösing to Mr. Hunter .
Sir: It was with deep commotion and profound sorrow that I learned the sad events of which your note of yesterday bears intelligence.
The death of President Lincoln will be lamented throughout this country not only, but throughout the world.
My heartfelt sympathies are with the much-tried Secretary of State and the Assistant Secretary. A benign Providence may spare their precious lives and let them witness their nation’s resurrection from the mortal blow it has suffered.
I trust President Johnson will inherit the people’s respect and confidence of which his predecessor was possessed to such a remarkable degree.
With feelings of high personal regard, sir, I have the honor to be your most obedient servant,
Hon. William Hunter
Acting Secretary of State of the United States, Washington.