Resolutions passed at a meeting held by the Sunday School Union of Stockport.
At a meeting of the teachers, superintendents, and representatives of the schools composing the Sunday School Union of Stockport, held on the eighth day of May, 1865, Mr. Councillor George Barber in the chair, it was—
Unanimously resolved, That the Sunday schools of Stockport, embracing all he evangelical denominations of the Christian church, have heard with feelings of the deepest horror and the most inexpressible grief of the brutal assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, by the hand of a vile and reckless murderer.
That this union, while recording this expression of the most heartfelt sympathy and sorrowful condolence with the bereaved widow and the great American republic, most cordially recognizes the eminent personal worth, the high-toned religious principle, and the noble civic virtues of that large hearted father of the American people, twice elected as Chief Magistrate by the popular voice, beloved by the children of two hemispheres, admired by the vast army of Sunday school teachers in the free countries of Europe and America, and revered by the great and good of every clime, as the heroic emancipator of four millions of abject bondsmen, and the saviour of his country from armed rebellion, anarchy, and ruin.
That whilst this union cherishes these sentiments with the deepest emotion, it feels most keenly the death, by the hand of a wretched drunkard, of so good a man, whose persistent advocacy of the importance of an education based upon religious principles, and his bright example as a steady and consistent abstainer from intoxicating drinks, afforded strength and encouragement to our bands of hope, and proved that, even under circumstances of the most severe trials ever imposed upon the ruler of a great nation, the late President of the United States of America devoted the full strength of his lofty intelligence and the warmest sympathies of his noble heart.
While our Sunday schools are bowed with sorrow, feeling that each has lost a friend, the prayer is raised continually that this fearful rebellion may speedily be brought to a close, and that a permanent peace may soon be proclaimed, established on the only righteous basis, viz: That of union, nationality, justice, and freedom, with equal civil and political rights to all loyal men, of whatever creed, race or condition, and the inestimable blessings of a healthy religious education secured to all rising and future generations of the republic.
Signed on behalf of the Union—
JAMES H. MIDDLETON,
Stockport, May 8, 1865.