Resolutions, numbered respectively 1, 2, 3, and 4, adopted unanimously at joint meeting of the inhabitants of the towns of Berlin and Waterloo, Canada West, held at the court-house at Berlin, on Wednesday, the 19th day of April, A D. 1865, in compliance with the proclamations of the reeves of aforesaid corporations, for the purpose of affording the citizens an opportunity of giving expression to their sympathy with the American people, and the bereaved family of the late President, as well as to manifest the deep sorrow and horror felt at the atrocious and appalling crime that resulted in the death of Abraham Lincoln, the late lamented President of the United States of America—Ward Hamilton Bowlby, esq., reeve of the town of Berlin, presiding as chairman, and Israel D. Bowman, esq., county clerk, acting as secretary.
Moved by William Jaffray, esq., postmaster, and seconded by Dougall McDougall, esq., county register, and
Resolved, That this meeting of the inhabitants of the towns of Berlin and Waterloo, in the province of Canada, assembled on the funeral day of Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States, desires, with the deepest sincerity, to express its heartfelt indignation at the cowardly and wanton act by which the President and patriot, the ruler and friend of the republic, has been lost to his country, at the moment of his greatest usefulness, and when he could have almost said of the great work he had undertaken, “It is finished “ In the death of Abraham Lincoln this meeting feels that, while the United States as a nation has lost a firm, yet merciful and amiable ruler, and the people individually a counsellor and friend, the world at large has been bereft at the same time of one whose large-hearted humanity and innate love of freedom and liberal institutions placed him at once in the fore rank of nature’s noblemen.
Moved by the Rev. Dr. Schulte, and seconded by Henry F. J. Jackson, esq., superintendent of schools, and
Resolved, That this meeting tenders the American people, bowed down this day in overwhelming sorrow over the mortal remains of their late illustrious Chief Magistrate, the expression of their heartfelt sympathy at the national calamity with which it has pleased an all-wise Providence to afflict them. That they regard the dastardly and barbarous murder of President Lincoln not only as an irreparable loss to the American nation in the present momentous crisis of their history, but as a common loss to humanity, liberty, and the brotherhood of mankind all the world over.
Moved by John J. Bowman, esq., editor, and seconded by the Rev. F. A. Kaessman, and
Resolved, That this meeting would desire, most respectfully and tenderly, to express their sympathy for Mrs. Lincoln and family, in the sore and affecting bereavement which, in the inscrutable dispensation of an overruling Providence, they have sustained, having at one fell blow, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” been robbed of husband, parent, and friend. May He who ruleth all things well comfort and sustain them in this hour of their deepest grief.
Moved by John A. Mackie, esq., justice of the peace, and seconded by Henry S. Huber, esq., crown land agent, and
Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be forwarded to his excellency the governor general of British North America, respectfully requesting that he transmit the same to the Secretary of State of the United States of America.
Certified to be true copies.
W. H. BOWLBY,
ISRAEL D. BOWMAN,
Dated at Berlin, county of Waterloo, and province of Canada, this nineteenth day of April, A. D. 1865.