W.T. Stead on the Assassination of President Lincoln

Extracted from The Gateshead Observer (May 6, 1865), reprinted in The Magazine of History with Notes and Queries, Vol. 21, No 1, pp. 7-8

The horror and indignation caused by the assassination of President Lincoln, and the attempted murder of Mr. Seward and his son, have created, as our readers already know universal feelings of detestation in every corner of Her Majesty's dominions.

We rejoice exceedingly in the demonstration; we never knew any good come out of assassinations even of tyrants, as they are called - the death of the greatest of them never seems to have ended in any beneficial result. But, Mr. Lincoln was no tyrant - The sympathy therefore is universal. We rejoice that political opinions were carefully suppressed in our local meetings and the opinions of the assemblies confined to expressions of indignation at the crime and of sympathy with the sufferers.

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I founded this website in 2001 to assist me in my own research on W.T. Stead, little knowing then that it would become the largest online resource on Stead's life and career. Today this site is used by students, scholars and institutions around the world and has significantly contributed to the Study of W.T. Stead and the evils which he campaigned against. I hope you find it useful.

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Finally, though this website includes a section on Stead's obsession with spiritualism, I myself am not remotely interested in the subject. So, if you think you have seen Stead's ghost in your kitchen or believe you are the reincarnation of the great editor himself (or anyone else who died on the Titanic), I beg you not to tell me about it..

Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) MPhil