The Life, Public Services and State Papers of Abraham Lincoln

By Henry J. Raymond

Reports, Dispatches, and Proclamations Relating to the Assassination

Reward Offered by President Johnson

By the President of the United States of America.



Whereas, It appears from the evidence in the bureau of military justice  that the atrocious murder of the late President Abraham Lincoln, and  the attempted assassination of the Hon. W. H. Seward, Secretary of  State, were incited, concerted, and procured by and between Jefferson  Davis, late of Richmond, Va., and Jacob Thompson, Clement C. Clay,  Beverly Tucker, George N. Saunders, W. C. Cleary, and other rebels and  traitors against the Government of the United States, harbored in Canada:  now, therefore, to the end that justice may be done, I, Andrew Johnson,  President of the United States, do offer and promise for the arrest of said  persons, or either of them, within the limits of the United States, so that  they can be brought to trial, the following rewards: One hundred thou sand dollars for the arrest of Jefferson Davis; twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Clement C. Clay; twenty-five thousand dollars for  the arrest of Jacob Thompson, late of Mississippi; twenty-five thousand  dollars for the arrest of George N. Saunders; twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Beverly Tucker, and ten thousand dollars for the  arrest of William C. Cleary, late clerk of Clement C. Clay.

The Provost-Marshal General of the United States is directed to cause  a description of said persons, with notice of the above rewards, to be  published.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the  seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, the second day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, and of the independence of the United States of America the eighty-ninth.

[L. S.]

By the President: ANDREW JOHNSON.

W. HUNTER, Acting Secretary of State.



Book Navigation Title Page Preface Illustrations Memorandum Table of Contents   ► Chapter I.   ► Chapter II.   ► Chapter III.   ► Chapter IV.   ► Chapter V.   ► Chapter VI.   ► Chapter VII.   ► Chapter VIII.   ► Chapter IX.   ► Chapter X.   ► Chapter XI.   ► Chapter XII.   ► Chapter XIII.   ► Chapter XIV.   ► Chapter XV.   ► Chapter XVI.   ► Chapter XVII.   ► Chapter XVIII.   ► Chapter XIX.   ► Chapter XX.   ► Chapter XXI. Anecdotes and Reminiscences of President Lincoln.   ► Mr. Lincoln's Sadness   ► His Favorite Poem   ► His Religious Experience   ► His Sympathy   ► His Humor, Shrewdness, and Sentiment   ► The Emancipation Proclamation Appendix. Letters on Sundry Occasions.   ► To Mr. Lodges, of Kentucky   ► To General Hooker   ► To John B. Fry   ► To Governor Magoffin   ► To Count Gasparin   ► The President and General McClellan   ► Warnings Against Assassination Reports, Dispatches, and Proclamations Relating to the Assassination.   ► Secretary Stanton to General Dix   ► The Death-Bed   ► The Assassins   ► Reward Offered by Secretary Stanton   ► Flight of the Assassins   ► The Conspiracy Organized in Canada   ► Booth Killed. Harold Captured   ► Reward Offered by President Johnson   ► The Funeral Official Announcements   ► Acting Secretary Hunger to Minister Adams   ► Acting Secretary Hunter to his Subordinates   ► Orders from Secretary Stanton and General Grant   ► Orders from Secretary "Welles   ► Order from Secretary McCulloch   ► Order from Postmaster-General Dennison   ► Proclamation by President Johnson of a Day of Humiliation and Mourning.   ► Secretary Stanton to Minister Adams   ► Important Letter from J. Wilkes Booth   ► Indictment of the Conspirators   ► The Finding of the Court