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JAMES A. GARFIELD.

MEMORIAL ADDRESS

PRONOUNCED IN THE

HALL OF REPRESENTATIVES,

FEBRUARY 27, 1882,

BEFORE THE DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF

THE UNITED STATES,

BY

JAMES G. BLAINE,

IN RESPONSE TO AN INVITATION FROM THE

TWO HOUSES OF CONGRESS.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE,

233774

MEMORIAL ADDRESS.

Mr. PRESIDENT: For the second time in this generation the great departments of the Government of the United States are assembled in the Hall of Representatives to do honor to the memory of a murdered President. Lincoln fell at the close of a mighty struggle in which the passions of men had been deeply stirred. The tragical termination of his great life added but another to the lengthened succession of horrors which had marked so many lintels with the blood of the first-born. GARFIELD was slain in a day of peace, when brother had been reconciled to brother, and when anger and hate had been banished from the land. “Whoever shall hereafter draw the portrait of murder, if he will show it as it has been exhibited

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