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              [newspaper clipping]
	THE LATE WILLIAM L. BURT.
		          ����
  The funeral of General William L. Burt took
place at Saratoga on Saturday afternoon.  It was
largely attended by citizens.  Hon. George I. Post
of Oswego, vice president of the Boston, Hoosac
Tunnel & Western road, and succeeding General
Burt as president; Mr. Case of Oneida County, a
director; J. L. Wellington, general superintend-
ent, and Mr. Reynolds, the secretary, were pres-
ent.  Rev. T. M. Jones of the Congregational
church officiated, and read a sketch of General
Burt�s life and works.  A meeting of citizens was
held in the afternoon, at which Justice Bockes of 
the Supreme Court presided.  Brief addresses
were made by County Judge John M. Crane, Sur-
rogate E. H. Peters and others, and resolutions
expressive of the feeling at the great loss suffered 
by Saratoga in the death of General Burt were
passed.  Judge Bockes, J. M. Davidson, Surrogate
Peters and John P. Conkling were appointed to
accompany the remains to Boston and attend the
funeral.  A special train of two cars, with the
funeral party, left at 7.30 P. M.  The first car,
with the remains, was heavily draped, and many 
floral emblems were placed on the coffin.
  At the meeting of the Massachusetts Club on
Saturday, action was taken upon Mr. Burt�s
death by the members with whom he has been
accustomed for a quarter of a century to meet in
a social way.  The resolutions referred to �his
eminent services for the State during the late
war in maintaining the legal rights of the soldiers,
soothing the sorrows of their families, and dis-
charging all the delicate and arduous duties
growing out of the relation sof the Common-
wealth to the great civil contest, supplemented
by his public-spirited sercies for the welfare of
this community and the promotion of the busi-
ness interests of the whole State.�  Affectionate
tributes were paid by a large number of the mem-
bers of the club, and it was voted to attend the 
funeral.
  A meeting of the Boston Post Office employ�s
was held in the postmaster�s room on Saturday
afternoon.  Postmaster Tobey presided, and in
addressing the meeting he said it was especially
appropriate that they were gathered in that
place, the scene of Mr. Burt�s former active and 
laborious duties, and in a building which might
not inaptly be regarded as an enduring monu-
ment to his enterprise and indomitable energy.
His public spirit was not limited to postal affairs
alone, but comprehended other interests related
to the whole country.  More than once he went
to Washington to give his earnest and valuable
co�peration with others in efforts to obtain the
needed legislation by Congress for the establish-
ing of American steamship lines between this
country and England through the aid of com-
pensation for ocean mail service.  He has at last
fallen a victim doubtless of his untiring and
steadfast devotion to public duty and the severe
and embarrassing labors of his recent response-
ble office.
  Mr. T. L. Harmon, in behalf of a committee,
then presented the following resolutions:
  Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, in his
divine providence, to remove by death our friend
General William L. Burt, late postmaster at Bos-
ton;
  Resolved, That we, the clerks and others in the
Boston Post Office, who were for so long a time
associated with him, desire to express the deep
feeling of pain and sorrow with which we have 
heard of his death, and would offer to the be-
reaved family our sincere sympathy in their afflict-
tion.
  Resolved, That we desire to express our appre-
ciation of his many admirable qualities, his re-
markable perseverance under difficulties, his in-
domitable energy, his extraordinary industry, his
broad humanity and tender sympathy for the dis-
tressed and unfortunate, his readiness to give a
helping hand to all who came to him in their 
trouble, and the great moral courage which ena-
bled him to do what he deemed right, whatever
might be the opposing circumstances by which
he was confronted.  We shall ever cherish the
memory of his life of earnest purpose as an incen-
tive to do our duty as he did his in whatever po-
sition he was placed.
  Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be
forwarded to the family of General Burt.
  Appropriate remarks eulogistic of the life and
character of General Burt were made by Messrs.
Henry S. Adams, Charles Field, John Lewis, T. L.
Harmon, George B. Day and Augustine Sander-
son.  Impressive remarks were also made by Hon.
George I. Post, vice president of the Boston,
Hoosac Tunnel & Western Railroad Company,
who is in the city to attend the funeral.  It was
decided that as many employ�s as the service
could permit shoud attend the funeral in a body.
A large and beautiful floral tribute contributed
by the clerks was sent to the family and to 
church.               
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