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Abraham Lincoln's last public speech & last proclamation...

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April 12, 1865

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, April 12, 1865  

* Civil War is over speech
* Abraham Lincoln's last public speech
* Presidential proclamation 128
* Just 2 days before his assassination

The front page has one column heads including: "RECONSTRUCTION" "Important Speech by the President" "His Views On Peace & Reconstruction" with the text of his speech beginning: "We meet this evening not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart. The evacuation of Petersburgh & Richmond & the surrender of the principal insurgent army, give hopes of a righteous & speedy peace whose joyous expression cannot be restrained..." & carrying on to take well over a full column.
This is recorded in history as the very last public speech by Lincoln, who would be assassinated 2 days after the printing of this issue.
Also on the front page is: "A Proclamation" "Treatment of National Vessels of Foreign Powers" (his last proclamation - #128) concerning our ships of war in foreign ports, signed by him in type: Abraham Lincoln.
These two documents are both dated April 11.
Page 4 has editorial commentary on both the Proclamation and the speech.
Eight pages, slightly irregular to a small portion of the right margin, very nice, clean condition.

Category: Yankee