Millard Fillmore photo

Executive Order

June 29, 1852

SIR:* The tolling bells announce the death of the Hon. Henry Clay. Though this event has been long anticipated, yet the painful bereavement could never be fully realized. I am sure all hearts are too sad at this moment to attend to business, and I therefore respectfully suggest that your Department be closed for the remainder of the day.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,


*Addressed to the heads of the several Executive Departments.

Millard Fillmore, Executive Order Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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