A Popular Testimony to Silence
It was reported to us by an eye-witness
that at the hour when the remains of our beloved President were
committed to the tomb on the 19th inst., a great throng of people
entirely surrounded Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, and filled
the square in front of it, so that one could hardly find standing
room. As the bell announced the moving of the funeral procession
a wonderful silence spread over this great throng, and for ten minutes,
at least, men and women stood with bowed heads in what seemed to
our informant “the greatest Friends’ Meeting” he had ever witnessed.
Similar reports were printed in the newspapers from other cities
over the land.
Where reverence is felt in its true
depth, solemn silence alone is found as its worthy expression, and
words and sounds do violence to the sacred covering that hushes
the spirits of men as under the Divine Majesty. So the nation has
once in one of the soberest moments of its history, set its seal
to the validity of the Friends’ principle of Divine worship.