Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
November 29, 1854

Whereas, since the last term of our circuit court Charles R. Welles suddenly terminated his mortal career under an attack of that fearful scourge, the cholera, which has desolated the hearts and homes of unnumbered thousands---Page  290Resolved, That by his death the bar of Springfield has lost a highly esteemed, upright and honorable member of the legal profession. Resolved, That his strict integrity, his social character and christian virtues endeared him to his friends, secured the confidence of his acquaintances, and rendered him a useful member of society. Resolved, That we deeply sympathise with his family and friends in their bereavement, but in the midst of their affliction we doubt not they experience consolation in the assurance that their loss is his eternal gain. Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be presented to the widow and family of the deceased, and to his honor, Judge Davis, of the circuit court, with a request that they may be entered at full upon the records of the court, and that the city papers be requested to publish the same.