Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
August 7, 1844

Whereas, we the Springfield Clay Club, impelled by a profound respect for the character of our late and lamented friend, JOHN BRODIE, and by the peculiarly afflictive manner of his death, are desirous of expressing in some appropriate way our deep and lasting regard for his memory: therefore

Resolved, That we deeply mourn the loss we have sustained in the death of our fellow citizen, JOHN BRODIE, whose honesty and worth have endeared him to our whole community.

Resolved, That we will cherish his memory with affectionate respect.

Resolved, That a committee of five persons be appointed by the President to ascertain whether it will be agreeable to his family for us to place upon his grave a stone monument, with a suitable inscription, to his memory, and that they report to the next meeting of the Club.

Resolved, That the members of this Club stand ready to render any assistance to the family of the deceased, which may be necessary and acceptable, and that said committee be instructed to inquire and report to this Club, from time to time, in what manner we may be able to assist the widow and the family of the deceased, in the settlement of their business, or in any other way that may contribute to the comfort or consolation of the bereaved family.

Resolved, That said committee communicate to the afflicted wife of the deceased a copy of this Preamble and these resolutions.