Letter from May. 2, 1865

Dispatch: William Hunter to Charles Francis Adams

  • Full Title

    State Department Instruction 1383: William Hunter to Charles Francis Adams

  • Description

    Dispatch from Acting Secretary of State William H. Hunter to Charles Francis Adams, U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom, concerning the latest news about the funeral of the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln (his body was in Chicago), the death of assassin John Wilkes Booth, and the surrender of Confederate General Joseph Johnston.

  • Transcription

    Recd 14 May 1865
    No 1383 Department of State Washington, 2nd May 1865
    Sir:
    The public press will have informed you of the honor done by the people to the remains of our lamented President on their transit of this city to Chicago which point they have now reached. The assassination, and the other atrocious attempt, have called forth gratifying expressions of condolence and sympathy from foreigners resident in the United States and from the Government and many of the cities of Canada.
    With reference to military events I will mention that Macon Georgia was captured by General Wilson on the 13th ultimo when he was notified by Genl Sherman of the truce and withdrew.
    When the truce between General Sherman and Johnston and the proposed terms of surrender were reported
    Charles Francis Adams Esqre

    [Transcription by: Taryn S. and her father David, Mr. Rude’s class, New Hampton Middle School, New Hampton, Iowa.]

  • Source

    Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State and National Archives, Record Group 84

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    William Hunter. "State Department Instruction 1383: William Hunter to Charles Francis Adams". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/748