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JAMES K. POLK.

EXECUTIVE ORDERS.

WASHINGTON CITY, June 16, 1845.

Andrew Jackson is no more.  He departed this life on Sunday, the 8th instant, full of days and full of honors.  His country deplores his loss, and will ever cherish his memory.  Whilst a nation mourns it is proper that business should be suspended, at least for one day, in the Executive Departments, as a tribute of respect to the illustrious dead.

I accordingly direct that the Departments of State, the Treasury, War, the Navy, the Post-Office, the office of the Attorney-General, and the Executive Mansion be instantly put into mourning, and that they be closed during the whole day to-morrow.

JAMES K. POLK.

GENERAL ORDERS, NO. 27.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

ADJUTANT-GENERAL’S OFFICE,

Washington, June 16, 1845.

The following general order of the President, received through the War Department, announces to the Army the death of the illustrious ex-President, General Andrew Jackson: 

GENERAL ORDER.

WASHINGTON, June 16, 1845.

The President of the United States with heartfelt sorrow announces to the Army, the Navy, and the Marine Corps the death of Andrew Jackson.  On the evening of Sunday, the 8th day of June, about 6 o’clock, he resigned his spirit to his Heavenly Father.  The nation, while it learns with grief the death of its most illustrious citizen, finds solace in contemplating his venerable character and services.  The Valley of the Mississippi beheld in him the bravest and wisest and most fortunate of its defenders; the country raised him to the highest trusts in military and in civil life with a confidence that never abated and an affection that followed him in undiminished vigor to retirement, watched over his latest hours, and pays its tribute at his grave.  Wherever his lot was cast he appeared among those around him first in natural endowments and resources, not less than first in authority and station.  The power of his mind impressed itself on the policy of his country, and still lives, and will live forever in the memory of its people.  Child of a forest region and a settler of the wilderness, his was a genius which, as it came to the guidance of affairs, instinctively attached itself to general principles, and inspired by the truth which his own heart revealed to him in singleness and simplicity, he found always a response in the breast of his countrymen.  Crowned with glory in war, in his whole career as a statesman he showed himself the friend and lover of peace.  With an American heart, whose throbs were all for republican freedom and his native land, he yet longed to promote the widest intercourse and most intimate commerce between the many nations of mankind.  He was the servant of humanity. 

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