Excerpt from Eulogy Upon the Hon. Stephen a Douglas: Delivered at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, July 3, 1861
Immediately after intelligence of the death of Senator Douglas was received in Washington, a meeting of his friends and admirers was held there, to determine upon the best mode of honoring his memory. A Committee then formed - of which the Hon. John B. Haskin was Chairman, and John J. McElhone, Esq., Secretary - decided upon inviting Col. Forney to deliver an Oration or Eulogy upon the great departed, and the Lecture Hall of the Smithsonian Institute was kindly granted as the most suitable auditorium.
At eight o'clock, upon the evening of Wednesday, July 3d, the Hall was crowded - the audience including representatives of numerous classes of politics, with a number of ladies. When Prof. Henry, of the Institute, appeared, accompanied by Gen. Cameron, Col. Forney, and numerous other gentlemen, who took seats upon the platform, he was warmly greeted.
Prof. Henry, in introducing the speaker, in a few compact and expressive sentences, said that the place in which they were assembled was exactly suited for the delivery of an estimate of Mr. Douglas, because that lamented and distinguished statesman had been connected with the Institute in an official manner, and had also personally taken great interest in its welfare. He was sure that full justice would be done to the character of Mr. Douglas by Col. Forney, whom he now begged leave to introduce to the audience.
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