Letter from Apr. 21, 1865

Union League Funeral Invitation

  • Full Title

    Union League of Philadelphia Funeral Invitation Letter

  • Description

    Secretary of The Union League of Philadelphia, George H. Boker, wrote to League members about their role in receiving President Lincoln's body during the funeral procession through Philadelphia.

  • Transcription

    Philadelphia, April 21, 1865.


    The Committee of the Select and the Common Councils of Philadelphia, having conferred upon the “UNION LEAGUE” the honor of receiving the body of the late President of the United States on its arrival in Independence Square, you are requested to meet your fellow-members at Concert Hall, at an hour to be hereafter announced, for the purpose of assisting at that ceremony.
    It is the earnest desire of the Board that every member of the League, wearing his badge, shall be present on this occasion.

    George H. Boker,

    [Transcription by: Ricarda H., Dr. Susan Corbesero’s Class, Ellis School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

  • Source

    The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (Object ID: XI.2.003)

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    Use of this item for research, teaching and private study is permitted with proper citation and attribution, as “Courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.” Reproduction of this item for publication, broadcast or commercial use requires written permission. For permission, please contact The Abraham Lincoln Foundation.

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    George H. Boker. "Union League of Philadelphia Funeral Invitation Letter". Union League of Philadelphia. Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed October 23, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/1006