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THE FUNERAL OF MR. HERBERT INGRAM, M.P. FOR BOSTON.
The mortal remains of this lamented gentleman were interred yesterday
week in the new Cemetery at Boston, Lincolnshire, whose inhabitants testified
their deep respect for the deceased by entirely refraining from business
during the day, and accompanying the body of their honoured townsman to
its final resting-place “ among the people whom he had loved so
well.” We copy from the Manchester Examiner and Times the following
account of the removal of Mr. Ingram’s remains from Chicago to this
country, and of their interment in his native place:—
Chicago, Illinois, U.S., Sept. 14, 1860.
In departing from our city upon your melancholy journey, the members
of the St. George’s Benevolent Association of Chicago desire that
you should carry with you to the bereaved family of our deceased countryman
our kindest sympathy for them in the affliction with which it has pleased
Almighty God to visit them; and, although it is not in our power either
to mitigate, mitigate their misfortunes in the irreparable lot they have
sustained, or to alleviate the grief which must be the inevitable consequence
of this great calamity, yet we can and do, earnestly and devoutly, pray
the Great Disposer, of all events to pour the balm of consolation upon
their wounded spirits; and may He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb
be to them a husband and a father, until they shall be again united in
that upper and better world, where the wicked cease from troubling, and
where the weary shall find rest.
FRANCIS HUDSON, President.“Mr. Ingram’s remains were taken to Detroit by the Great Western Railway, and thence by the Grand Trunk line to Toronto. They reached Quebec on the 20th, and were conveyed on board the for England on the following day.
The Bohemian steamer, containing the body, arrived at Liverpool on the night of the 2nd instant. The body was landed and delivered to the friends of the deceased, who were in waiting at Liverpool, at half-past two o’clock am, on Wednesday week. Among the gentlemen who there to receive it were Mr. Nathaniel Wedd, of Boston, an uncle of Mr. Ingram; Mr. E. Watkin, of Manchester, an old and confidential friend; Mr. J. Parry, of Sleaford; and Mr. G. C. Leighton (manager), Mr. S. Read (artist), Mr. Plummer, and Mr. Clapham, of the ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. The body, having been identified, was finally placed in the coffin for interment, and on Thursday morning was removed to Boston.
It was conveyed in a hearse-carriage attached in the first instance to the train of the Great Northern and Sheffield Companies, leaving the Lime-street station at 8.45 a.m. for Manchester, and thence formed part of a special train which left London-road station at ten o’clock, and arrived at Boston at 1.50 p.m., the precise time specified in the arrangements. The route was by the Sheffield line to Retford, thence by the Great Northern to Barkstone Junction, and from that place over the Boston and Sleaford Railway, of which undertaking Mr. Ingram was the largest proprietor, and had been the chairman from its commencement.
“Besides the gentlemen who accompanied the funeral-carriage from Liverpool to Boston, it was met at Manchester by Mr. George Wilson, Mr. S. P. Robinson, and Mr. Bradford, of Newall’s-buildings; and for a part of the distance the escort also included Mr. S. Lees and Mr. T. Roberts, of Manchester. The Sleaford station was hung with mourning, and the train was met there by a large concourse of people. Including the Vicar (the Rev. J. Yarburgh) and many influential inhabitants of that place. At the Boston station many hundreds of persons were assembled, who accompanied through the streets of the town the mourning-carriage which conveyed the body to the residence of Mr. Wedd. Amongst all classes of the population of Boston, and without any distinction arising from opposition of political views, there has been an unequivocal acknowledgement of a serious public loss sustained in the death of Mr. Ingram. His fellow townsmen and constituents were therefore desirous to share to the utmost in paying the last mournful honours to a gentleman whose benevolence of disposition and attachment to the place of his birth they have repeated occasions to appreciate. Without attempting to enumerate the important benefits conferred on it by Mr. Ingram we may mention that the town owes to his enterprise and generosity the present abundant supply of water, and also the establishment of gasworks. So general was the local feeling of pride in the possession of Mr. Ingram as a representative man that it almost sufficed of itself to secure his return to Parliament, when at length he solicited the honour; and it was mainly this sentiment of personal regard and esteem for him which rendered all opposition to his election abortive.
“ A meeting of the Town Council of Boston was held on Monday, at which Mr. J. C. Little, the Mayor, presided, when a resolution to the following effect was unanimously adopted, on the motion of Mr. Clegg, seconded by Mr. Alderman Gask :-
That this meeting, as representatives and on behalf of the members of the Town Council, and in order to testify their respect to the memory of their late representative, Herbert Ingram, Esq., M.P., would wish to attend his funeral, which is expected to take place at the Cemetery in Skirbeck on Thursday next ; and the clerk is directed to forward a copy of the resolution to Mr. Nathaniel Wedd.
“It is, perhaps, needless to say that the natural feelings of the people of Boston, as set forth by the members of its Corporation could meet with no discouraging recognition from those most nearly connected with the deceased; and the ceremony of interment was, therefore, attended with circumstances appropriately expressive of the public sympathy
“A very imposing and lengthy procession was organized to accompany the remains of Mr. Ingram to their final resting-place, which is a vault in the new cemetery at Skirbeck. This is about a mile from the centre of the town, whence the procession started in the following order:-
1st Lincolnshire Artillery Volunteers.
The Artillery and Rifle Volunteers formed in the Market-place at twelve
o’clock, followed by the Freemasons, Oddfellows, Foresters, and
Artisans. In this order the precession marched four abreast over the bridge,
down Bridge-Street, round Liquorpond-street, and headed the funeral from
the house of Mr. Nathanial Webb. At the Assembly Rooms the Artillery and
Rifles opened out to admit the Town Council and Magistrates between them
and the rest of the procession. Other friends of Mr. Ingram, and those
who wished to pay this mark of respect to his memory, followed the mourners.
On arrival at the Cemetery Chapel the procession halted and opened its
ranks in order to allow the mourners, the clergy and ministers of religion,
and the Town Council and Magistrates, to enter the chapel, after which
the rest of the procession, under the direction of the Artillery and Rifle
Corps, formed in three sides of a hollow square around the grave.
“At the conclusion of the service at the Cemetery the procession
formed again for return in the same order as it came, except that the
carriages now took the lead. The remainder of the cortege accompanied
them back to Mr. Wedd’s residence, after which it marched round
Liquorpond street, up West-street and Bridge-street, to the Market-place,
where it dispersed.