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STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS,
DELIVERED BEFORE THE
CHICAGO, JULY 3, 1861.
BY JAMES W. SHEAHAN.
T a meeting of the Trustees and Regents of the Chicago UNIVERSITY, held
June 5, 1861, with other proceedings, touching the death of the Hon. S. A. Douglas, it was ordered that at the annual commencement exercises on the 3d of July, there be an oration upon the illustrious Statesman, and President of the Board of Trustees. It was further ordered that the Hon. Samuel H. TRIAT, Judge of the United States District Court for the southern district of Illinois, be appointed orator for the occasion. Subsequently, on the 30th June, finding himself so restrained by official duties, that it was impossible to attend, Judge Treat informed the committee of his inability to be present.
In the meantime, committees of the Common Council, and of the Douglas Club having been similarly disappointed in the persons chosen by them to deliver a like oration, proposed to Mr. Sheahan to deliver the address, and for that purpose united with the committee on the part of the University, and agreed to have but one address, to be delivered at the commencement exercises. The following explains the cause of publication of the address :
ChicagO, JULY 5, 1861. JAS. W. SHEAHAN, Esq.,
Dear Sir : The undersigned, comprising a joint committee of the Common Council of this city, and the University of Chicago, appointed to supervise the publication of your very able and eloquent Eulogy on the late STEPHEN A. Douglas, delivered at Bryan Hall, on the 3d July, inst., at the annual commencement exercises of the College, by invitation of the Trustees, in which the Common Council and Douglas Club participated; do now, in discharge of their duty, herewith enclose you a copy of the Resolutions unanimously agreed upon at the close of your address, and request you will furnish them a copy for publication,
In performance of this duty, the committee would gladly, if this were deemed a proper occasion, reiterate the sentiment which the passage of the resolution itself more fitly implies and emphasizes. The degree of universal satisfaction and pleasure which was experienced at the merits of your performance was heartily manifested at the time of its delivery, by the applause, long continued, of the audience who were present and heard it. The committee feel, that in its speedy publication, they can in no way more acceptably gratify the wishes of the people of this City and State, whom circumstance prevented from being present, than in hastening its distribution by means of the press, for their rerusal. With kind regards, we remain,
Very truly, yours,
of Thos. DICKINSON, Chicago University.
J. Q. Hoyt,
of Common Council.