“…deep sympathy for the nation’s loss”

From every point come to us dispatches expressing the deep and utter grief of the people over the loss of President Lincoln. Each city seems to vie with each other in the expression of its sadness. The mourning drapery of buildings is universal, and everywhere preparations are being made for the solemn obsequies. Orders and proclamations, State, municipal and military, are issued at every point, deploring the dreadful calamity, suspending public business, and directing measures in manifestation of the all-prevailing grief. Even from Canada and Nova Scotia come to us expressions of horror at the tragedy, and profound grief for the loss of the noble man who has been struck down. The language of grief is exhausted in the various dispatches that reach us. Says one: “Flags are all at half-mast, and every face wears an expression of sorrow and gloom.” Says another: “Profound grief covers the city, and men hurry silently and sadly to their homes.” Below we present the more strikingly important features of the dispatches from abroad:







The Feeling in Canada

Halifax, April 15-The Governor had appointed a day for giving assent to the bills passed with the usual ceremonies; but upon receiving the news of President Lincoln’s murder, he sent the following message to the Council:

My Dear Sir:-The very shocking intelligence which has just reached me, of the murder of President Lincoln, by the hand of an assassin, and my sense of the loss which the cause of order has sustained by the death of a man whom I have always regarded as eminently upright in his intentions, indisposes me to undertake any public ceremony such as I had contemplated in my intended visit to the Legislative Council today. I beg, therefore, to notify to you the postponement of that visit, and perhaps under the circumstances men of all parties may feel that the suspension of further public business for the day would be a mark of sympathy not unbecoming the Legislature to offer, and one which none could misconstrue. Believe me to be, my dear sir, most faithfully,

The Hon. Edward Kinney, President of the Legislative Council.
The Citizens generally all unite in expressions of deep sympathy for the nation’s loss. The blockade runner Colonel Lamb was gaily decked with flags, but they were ordered down by the naval authorities.

Toronto, April 15.-The news of the tragedy in Washington caused a profound sensation here. The flags of the American Consulate, Custom House, shipping in the harbor and city are displayed at half-mast. Stores and places of business owned by Americans are closed. The feeling of grief of the Canadian people is intense, and it is contemplated to give some public expression to it.

Montreal, April 15.-A requisition, originating with the leading men of the city, is in course of signature here, asking the Mayor to call a public meeting to express horror at the assassination of President Lincoln. All the flags are at half-mast in the city, and the deepest sorrow over the sad event everywhere prevails.

St. John, N.B., April 15.-The announcement of President Lincoln’s assassination caused great excitement here. Sorrow is universal, and the great loss the United States has sustained calls for deep feelings of sympathy. The vessels in port have flags at half mast.”

The Sun, newspaper. New York. The Sun, New York City, New York, 1865. Periodical. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/scsm001235/>, https://www.loc.gov/resource/lprbscsm.scsm1235/?sp=4