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Mrs. Edward Drake Roe,
Syracuse , Nije
WASHINGTON, April 1, 1889.
Gen. N. M. CURTIS, Chairman Joint Committee.
Through the courtesy of your committee I am in receipt of your invitation for myself and children to attend the services to be held by the Legislature of New York in memory of my husband, the late General SHERIDAN, at Albany, April ninth. It is with extreme regret that I am obliged to say we can not be present; illness in my family preventing all possibility of our taking the journey to Albany. In our absence, however, I am sure the memorial services will be none the less impressive and sincere ; so in advance of the occasion the widow and children of General SHERIDAN would be greatly indebted to you, General, should you at an appropriate time, convey to the Legislature their deepest gratitude for this official and sacred recognition of the career of one whose entire life was devoted to his country's welfare. With great respect, I am truly yours.
MRS. PHILIP H. SHERIDAN.
LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
ON THE LIFE AND SERVICES OF
Gen. Philip H. Sheridan.
STATE OF NEW YORK:
ALBANY, January 10, 1889. Mr. CURTis offered the following preambles and resolutions :
Whereas, PHILIP HENRY SHERIDAN, a native of the State of New York, general commanding the armies of the United States, recently died; and
Whereas, It is eminently fitting for the Legislature to take formal action to give expression to the high estimate in which his services are held, and the affectionate regard with which his memory is cherished by all the people, and to the end that there shall be set before the youth the native qualities, the professional education, the selftraining and discipline by which one of the most distinguished military captains of the age was formed, an officer who, passing through every grade of the military service, was a skillful tactician, organizer and leader of
battalions, a commander in the field whose inspiriting magnetism filled weary limbs with the unchilled vigor of youth, and fainting hearts with the glow and determination of seizing victory in the decisive charge; therefore, be it
Resolved (if the Senate concur), That a joint committee of five Senators and nine Members of Assembly be appointed by the presiding officers of the respective houses to arrange for fitting joint memorial services in commemoration of the patriotic citizen and illustrious soldier, PHILIP HENRY SHERIDAN.
The foregoing resolution was duly adopted, and Mr. SPEAKER appointed as such committee, on the part of the House, Messrs. CURTIS, BATCHELLER, SAXTON, AINSWORTH, MOFFIT, MEAD, MARTIN, LONGLEY and CREAMER. By order of the Assembly. C. A. CHICKERING,
STATE OF NEW YORK :
IN SENATE, ,
ALBANY, January 15, 1889. The foregoing resolution was duly concurred in, and the President appointed as such committee, on the part of the Senate, Senators VEDDER, MURPHY, O'CONNOR, WORTH and KELLOGG. By order of the Senate. JOHN S. KENYON,