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After Lincoln’s Assassination, Charles Francis Adams Instructs Consulates on Mourning
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The eminent personal qualities of Mr. Lincoln...are now fully acknowledged, not only among his fellow-citizens at home, but by all foreign nations.

Ambassador Charles Francis Adams announces to Consuls and Vice-Consuls the displays of mourning in honor of Abraham Lincoln, including wearing crape on the left arm for six months and flying American flags at half-mast for three days at consulates and on American ships.

[Lincoln Assassination]. Charles Francis Adams. Printed Circular Letter Signed, Announcing Mourning Plans in Memory of Abraham Lincoln, May 2, 1865, London, England. 2 pp., 7¼ x 8¼ in.

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Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, expired at Washington on the morning of the 15th of April last. The fearful circumstances attending his death, as communicated in a telegraphic despatch addressed to me by Mr. Stanton, the Secretary of War, have been by my direction already brought to your attention in the newspapers so extensively that it is unnecessary now to repeat them.

The eminent personal qualities of Mr. Lincoln, displayed in the course of a period full of severe trials, the integrity of his character, and the heroic firmness with which he persevered in his Policy, until it was crowned with success, are now fully acknowledged, not only among his fellow-citizens at home, but by all foreign nations.

Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886). Son of John Quincy Adams and grandson of John Adams. He graduated from Harvard College in 1825, studied law with Daniel Webster, and established a law practice in Boston. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1840-1843) and Senate (1843-1845). He purchased the Boston Whig newspaper in 1846 and became its editor. As a historical editor, he published several volumes about his grandparents and parents. In 1848, he was the vice-presidential nominee of the Free Soil Party, running with former President Martin Van Buren. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1858. In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him as ambassador to Great Britain, a position previously held by both his grandfather and his father. During the Civil War, he prevented British diplomatic recognition of the Confederacy and monitored Confederate efforts to obtain ships from Great Britain. After the war, he represented America in arbitration of damages caused by Confederate warships built by the British. In 1872, the British government agreed to pay $15 million in damages. Adams returned to Boston, where he declined the presidency of Harvard University but became one of its overseers. He built the first presidential library. Honoring John Quincy Adams, which is now part of the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Condition: Some expert restoration to part of the left border, and old paper tape reinforcement on the verso.

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