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    Pass to Green Room for Lincoln's Funeral. Special pass to Lincoln's official funeral held in the White House. The observance convened on April 19th represents the official Federal service with only six hundred passes (North, South, East, and Green) issued to dignitaries, members of Congress, and leading figures of the day. The number of passes was limited due to the small capacity of the rooms themselves. On heavy white stock, 3.25"x 5" with bold black border. Bold, cleaner than most, and in fine condition. This specimen, for the Green Room, is considered the scarcest. As reported in the May 6, 1865, issue of Harper's Weekly, "The remains of the President lay in the Green Room, in a metallic coffin. On each side of the coffin were four silver handles, with stars between, a vein of silver winding around the whole cast in a serpentine form. This rested upon a canopied catafalque, and was decorated with wreaths of moss and evergreen, with white flowers and lilies intermingled. Around the catafalque, at noon, were gathered the family of the President, the officiating clergymen, the delegates from New York City, the heads of Bureaus, representatives of the Sanitary and Christian Commissions, the Governors of several States, the Assistant Secretaries, a large number of Congressmen, officers of the Supreme Court, and the Diplomatic Corps. Reverend Dr. HALL opened the services by reading from the Episcopal service of the Dead. This was followed by an eloquent and affecting prayer by Bishop Simpson of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This portion of the service was most touching. At the close of his fervent appeal to the throne of Grace the Bishop repeated the Lord's Prayer, in which the whole audience joined as with one voice. The effect was sublime beyond any power of words to express, and the whole audience was melted to tears under its effect. Reverend Dr. Gunther, the pastor of the church which the President and his family were in the habit of attending, preached the funeral discourse. The service was closed with prayer by Reverend Dr. GRAY, chaplain of the Senate." An evocative touchstone to the saddest day in American history.

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