thorough reviews of both the private and public character of Mr.
Lincoln, to occupy the time of the House with any remarks in that
direction : but, sir, inasmuch as the speeches have thus far been con-
fined to one side of the House, politically, I cannot permit the occa-
sion to pass without adding- a few words to that which has already
been said. However mm h 1 have differed with Mr. Lincoln about
the momentous issues before the country during the troublous times
in which he occupied the position of chief magistrate of the nation,
1 never questioned his patriotism or honesty of purpose. The
Democracy of this country mourned his assassination equally with
Ihose who sympathized with him politically, and, as an humble repre-
sentative of that Democracy, I claim the privilege of participating
in this honor to his memory.