To the Editor of the Sun:Allow me through your valuable paper to make a few remarks upon an article which appeared in the “Citizen” this evening, with references to the dastardly murder of President Lincoln.The writer most unblushingly labors to lay the perpetration of this awful crime at the doors of what he terms the “radical Republican party,” saying that “these extremists clamor for the blood of every southerner, and the confiscation of all southern property,” and that they were deeply dissatisfied with the moderate policy lately foreshadowed by Lincoln and Seward.I would like to ask from what source the …

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“A MOURNING NATIONACTION OF THE STATESFrom 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 …

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“As the Civil War began, most Nova Scotians favoured the northern cause. While little was known of Abraham Lincoln, it was generally felt that the Republican party was pledged to a crusade against the dreaded institution of slavery. This all Nova Scotians could support. As the war progressed, however, many Nova Scotians began to have second thoughts about the struggle. To begin with, it had become apparent that the Republican party was very reluctant to abolish the institution of slavery in its entirety” “While Wade had been saved, the Haligonians had to face the consequences of their action. The Northern …

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“A terrible retribution awaits the city of Halifax for its complicity in treason and piracy.” From the diary of Rev. N. Gunnison “Reverend Nathaniel Gunnison, American Consul at Halifax, wrote to Sir Charles Tupper, provincial secretary of Nova Scotia, 10 December 1863, stating that the Chesapeake “had been seized by a band of pirates and murder committed” (Doyle to Newcastle 23 Dec. 1863; Lieut. Governor’s Correspondence, RG 1). 1 The Chesapeake was an American steamer plying between New York and Portland, Maine, which had been captured by a party of sixteen men, led by John C. Braine, who had embarked …

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