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FUNERAL CEREMONIES

Resolved, That, as American citizens, we cannot without the deepest and most overwhelming emotion, contemplate the loss of those three master-spirits whose giant intellects, consummate statesmanship, and unassuming patriotism, contributed so much to give tone to the present age, and earned for this people a fame that can never perish-our CALHOUN-CLAY-WEBSTER.

Resolved, That a committee of ten citizens be appointed by his Honor the Mayor, to confer with similar committees of the Common Council, and other public bodies, who shall constitute a general committee of arrangements, for the purpose of selecting a day, and making the necessary preparation for a solemn funeral pageant, in honor of the great dead.

The U. S. District Court, the City District Courts, Recorders Courts, and public offices, Federal, State and Municipal, all adjourned on Monday morning, in honor of the memory of the illustrious deceased, whilst the citizens generally draped their stores and residences in mourning. The public buildings wore similar symbols of woe; the flags of the fleet of shipping and steamboats in port floated at halfmast; the solomn bells tolled mournfully on the ear, and the deep mouthed cannon filled up at intervals, in muttering thunder tones, the pauses of sad silence.

On Tuesday evening, Oct. 26th, the City Council met in accordance with the special call of the Mayor, who addressed to the Boards of Aldermen and Assistant Aldermen, the following message:

MAYORALTY OF NEW ORLEANS, OCT. 26, 1852.

To the honorable President and Members of the Board of Aldermen and the Assistant Board of Aldermen of the city of New Orleans:

Gentlemen--I have caused you to be convoked this day for the purpose of taking a becoming action on the death of the great American statesman, DANIEL WEBSTER. On the receipt of the melancholy intelligence on Sunday, I issued a proclamation recommending to my fellow-citizens to abstain from their ordinary business avocations on Monday, and to display the usual emblems of mourning, as a testimonial of the reverence and esteem in which this mighty pillar of the Republic was held. I am happy and proud to say that this recommendation was very generally observed; but the people of New Orleans, yielding to none other in their admiration of that genius, patriotism and eloquence, the like of which may not be sought for since the last of the great triumvirate--CALHOUN, CLAY, WEBSTER--has paid the debt of nature, deem that an occasion so afflicting, and which has bowed down a whole nation in mourning, should be marked by a more formal observance than the hasty but sincere expression of feeling manifested yesterday.

Accordingly, a public meeting was hold at the Arcade yesterday; at which, among other appropriate and expressive resolutions, it was resolved, "That a committee of ten citizens be appointed by the Mayor, to confer with similar committees of the Common Council, and other public bodies, who shall constitute a General Committee of Arrangements, for the purpose of selecting a day and making the necessary preparations for a solemn funeral pageant in honor of the great dead." In conformity with this resolution, I beg to apprise your honorable body that I have appointed the following gentlemen on that committee, and would respectfully urge the nomination of a joint committee on the part of the Common Council, to co-operate with the citizens in paying a tribute worthy of the city of New Orleans to the memory of the departed statesman and patriot, DANIEL WEBSTER.

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