Honors to the Dead. Public Meeting in Springfield. The Speeches and Resolutions. Sentiments of the Citizens at Mr. Lincoln's Home.


Springfield, Saturday Evening, April 15, 1865.

Pursuant to notice circulated during the forenoon, a large concourse of citizens assembled at the south front of the state house, and were called to order, at 12 o'clock M., by Hon. S. M. Cullom, who said:
Fellow-Citizens: We are met together to mourn over a great calamity. Abraham Lincoln, your fellow0citizen, who went out from this city four years ago, called by the American people to preside over the nation, is now no more. He has been stricken down by the hand of a dastardly, bloody assassin. In view of the long acquaintance, and the sympathy existing between that great a good man and our fellow-citizen, Hon. J. K. Dubois, I nominate him to preside over this assemblage.

The nomination was unanimously confirmed by the meeting, and upon assuming the chair, Mr. Dubois spoke briefly and pertinently, alluding to the long, and friendly intercourse between himself and the lamented dead.

The following additional officers were then appointed:
Vice Presidents.. — Hon. Stephen T. Logan, John Williams, Wm. F. Elkin, Elijah Iles, N. H. Ridgely, E. B. Hywley, Thos. Condell, James L. Lamb, Gershom Jayne, Richard Latham, A. G. Herndon, Rev. Albert Hale and Rev. John G. Bergen.

Secretaries. — Hon. J. C. Conkling, E. L. Baker, esq., E. L. Merritt, esq.

Hon John T. Stuart came forward and addressed the audience, condoling with them upon the deep grief which has befallen the American nation, and relating some interesting circumstances connected with his last interview with the president.

On his motion, the chair appointed a committee on resolutions, as follows:
Hon. John T. Stuart, Hon. S. M. Cullom, Hon. S. H. Treat, Milton Hay, esq., Hon. Lawrence Weldon, Hon. Wm. Jayne, Hon. O. M. Hatch, Hon. B. S. Edwards, and Hon. Alexander Starne.

The committee thereupon, after retiring a few moments, reported the following resolutions through their chairman, Hon. John T. Stuart, who, after reading, moved their adoption, which was second by Maj. Gen. McClernand, with a few appropriate and feeling remarks:

WHEREAS, we have learned by telegraph from the city of Washington, of the assassination of President Lincoln,

And whereas, we his neighbors and friends, regard his death as a great and irreparable national calamity;

And whereas, it is fitting that those who knew him best in life, should express their deep distress at his untimely death; be it,

Resolved, therefore, That we, his neighbors and friends, without distinction of party, forgetting all past difference of opinion, unite in solemn accord in the expression of our deep sympathy for his family, his friends, our country, and the peace of mankind for this, his untimely death, in that hour of our country's struggle when was to be called into exercise those high qualities of head and heart which endeared him as a man, and made him distinguished as a president.

Resolved, That since the unexampled success of our arms, we have, with patriotic pride, behold indications upon the part of Mr. Lincoln, of a policy of restoration and union, in the consummation of which the peace of the country and the wonted national integrity would again be restored to our stricken Union.

Resolved, That in this sad national bereavement, it is the duty of all good citizens to rely with confidence and hope on the over-ruling Providence of God, preserve calmness and faithfully submit and adhere in the sovereign laws of the land.

Resolved, That in the assassination of Hon. William H. Seward, the country has lost an able, efficient and upright officer, and one whose services as a diplomat will be remembered by a grateful people through every period of their coming history.

Resolved, That inasmuch as this city has for a long time been the home of the president, in which he has graced with his kindness of heart and honesty of purpose, all the relations of life, it is appropriate that its "city of the dead" should be the final resting place of all that on earth remains of him that is mortal, and to this end we respectfully request the appointment of a committee on the part of the city council to act in conjunction with the governor of the state, with a view of bringing hither his remains for interment.

Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting and these resolutions be published at length in the city papers.

At the conclusion of which, the foregoing were unanimously adopted, when the meeting adjourned with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Harkey.