We the local board of health for the town and district of Luton, in the county of Bedford, do hereby desire to record the expression of sorrow which we and this town and district have deeply felt since informed of the diabolical assassination of President Lincoln, a deed the nature of which has excited and must continue to excite the indignation of all right-minded people.
We strongly unite with the rest of our countrymen in the expression of our sympathy and good feeling, which we always have, and shall ever entertain towards the people of the United States of America, and more so at the present juncture, when we contemplate the fearful trials and difficulties which have been placed in their way, but which can only retard for a very brief period that great work of civilization and progress which has eminently characterized them. Sprung from the same nation, there always will be a strong manifestation of interest with the people of this country on American affairs, and upon every matter which will advance the welfare and happiness of the American people.
We, the said local board of the town and district of Luton, do hereby likewise most sincerely condole with, and beg to express our sincere and heartfelt sympathy with Mrs. Lincoln and her family, in their great and irreparable loss, and humbly hope that an inscrutable Providence may support them under the very heavy trial which they are now undergoing, and which we hope and pray may be overruled for their and their country’s good.
Given under our hand and official seal this 5th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1865.
WILLIAM THOMPSON PLEDGE,
A. Y. WEBSTER.
Countersigned: GEORGE BAILEY,
Clerk to the said Local Board.