North, William (1755-1836) [President John Adams' annoucement to the army regarding the death of George Washington]
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Issued by North, Adjutant General, from the Adjutant General's Office in New York on 24 December 1799. Cites a previous issue 21 December 1799 in Philadelphia. Declares "The impressing terms in which this great national calamity is announced by the President, could receive no new force from any thing that might be added: the voice of praise would in vain endeavor to exalt a character, unrivalled on the lists of true glory: words would in vain attempt to give expression to that profound and reverential grief, which will penetrate every American bosom, and engage the sympathy of an admiring world." Lists the order of funeral honors in several locations.
THE President, with deep regret, announces to the Army the Death of its beloved Chief, General GEORGE WASHINGTON; sharing in the grief which every heart must feel, for so heavy and afflicting a public loss, and desirous to express his high sense of the vast debt of gratitude, which is due to the virtues, talents, and ever memorable services of the illustrious deceased, he directs, that Funeral Honors be paid to him at all the Military Stations, and that the Officers of the Army, and of the several corps of Volunteers, wear crape on the left arm, by way of mourning, for six monthsâ€¦
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