To J. C. DERBY, United States Dispatch Agent, New York:
Send a copy of the following to Mr. Adams at
London by the steamer of
to-day, if in time:--
CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, &c., &c.:
The sad duty devolves upon me to announce the
assassination of the President,
at Ford's Theatre, last night, by a pistol-shot from a person who
entered his box for the purpose. The assassin escaped, but it is supposed
has since been arrested.
The President died at half-past seven o'clock
Vice-President Johnson has assumed the
functions of President, having been
sworn in by the Chief-Justice.
About the same time an attempt was made by, it
is believed, a different person, to assassinate Mr. Seward; but
the murderer only succeeded in
inflicting painful and severe wounds, principally upon his face.
Mr. F. W. Seward was beaten over the head with
a heavy weapon in the
hands of the person who attacked his father, and is grievously
hurt. His brother was
also wounded by the dagger of the assassin, as was Mr. Hansell,
a messenger of the department, who was with the Secretary, and
the male nurse in attendance.
WILLIAM HUNTER, Acting
Secretary of State.
[The above telegraphic dispatch
was sent off by the Portland steamer at
three P. M. on Saturday, April 15.]