PREFACE.

THIS PAMPHLET is designed to preserve in a connected and durable form, a full account of the Public Obsequies celebrated in the City of New Orleans on the 9th of December, 1852, in honor of the illustrious statesmen CALHOUN, CLAY, and WEBSTER.

Every thing connected with the ceremonial, from its first inception at a public meeting in Banks' Arcade, through all the stages of preparation, to the final grand conclusion, is herein minutely and faithfully recorded, and is deemed eminently worthy of preservation, as a memorial of a great event in the history of the age, a rare incident in our municipal annals, and a magnificent spectacle, which will not soon be surpassed. The ceremonial will be marked by all who witnessed it, as an epoch in their lives. No such pageant, so vast in its scale, so full in its details, managed with so much skill, and executed so perfectly has ever before been exhibited here. The Executive Committees seem to have exactly comprehended the wishes of their fellow-citizens, and all they proposed was amply responded to by the voluntary acts of the people. The long drawn and Solemn procession, marching to the sounds of wailing music, with banners craped and muffled, escorted the stately hearse and its funeral urns, with all the appointed emblems of mourning, through streets thronged with silent multitudes, and draped with spontaneous habiliments of grief For the whole route, extending miles, not only the streets and sidewalks were thronged almost to obstruction, but the windows, story upon story, and the verandahs, balcony over balcony, were filled with serious

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