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IN the arrangement of the Orations, c. the Editors bave not attempted to decide on their respective merits, nor
to designate the post of honor.
in the order in which they were
They have been published collected. The late receipt
of the few last, has inhibited the satisfaction of giving them
the House of Representatives of the United States, December 23, 1799, general Marshal made a report from the joint committee appointed to consider a suitable mode of commemorating the death of general Washington.
HE reported the following resolutions, which passed both houses unanimously:
RESOLVED, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That a marble monument be erected by the United States at the capitol of the city of Washington, and that the family of general Washington be requested to permit his body to be deposited under it, and that the monument be so designed as to commemorate the great events of his military and political life.
AND be it further resolved, That there be a funeral procession from congress-hall to the German lutheran church, in memory of general George Washington, on Thursday the 26th instant, and that an oration be prepared at the request of congress, to be delivered before both houses that day; and that the president of the senate, and speaker of the house of representatives, be desired to request one of the members of congress to prepare and deliver the same.
AND be it further resolved, That it be recommended to the people of the United States, to wear crape on their left arm, as mourning, for thirty days.
AND be it further resolved, That the president of the United States be requested to direct a copy of these resolutions to be transmitted to Mrs. Washington, assuring her of the profound respect congress will ever bear for her person and character, of their condolence on the late affecting dispensation of providence, and entreating her assent to the interment of the remains of general Washington in the manner expressed in the first resolution.
AND be it further resolved, That the president of the United States be requested to issue his proclamation, notifying to the people throughout the United States, the recommenda❤ tion contained in the third resolution,
Br THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
the Congress of the United States "in honor
of the memory of general George Washington," have this day resolved, "that it be recommended to the people of the United States, to wear crape on the left arm, as mourning, for thirty days ;" and, "that the president of the United States be requested to issue a proclamation, notifying to the people throughout the United States the said recommendation." Now, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ADAMS, president of the United States, do hereby proclaim the same accordingly.
GIVEN under my
By the President,
TIMOTHY PICKERING, Sec'ry of State.
Extract from an Elegiac Poem-By Charles Cald-