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Report of Proceedings of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar regarding David B. Campbell, [17] April 18551
David B Campbell.— At a meeting of the bar during the late term of the circuit court at Bloomington, the following resolutions presented by Hon. A. Lincoln, were adopted:
Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God in the dispensations of hie Providence, to cut down at meridian of life, and in the vigor of his usefulness, a most esteemed member of this bar, David B. Campbell, for many years attorney general of the state, who departed this life on Saturday the 1st inst., at Springfield, after a lingering illness, which had confined him to his room for several months—2 therefore,
Resolved, That we, the members of this bar, feel wi[t]h deep sensibility the loss which the profession and society have sustained in the loss of your departed brother.
Resolved, That we cherish the highest respect for the professional learning of the deceased, for the integrity and uprightness of his professional and private life and for the estimable qualities which characterized him as a man a friend and a companion.
Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the afflicted relatives of the deceased, in the melancholy bereavement which they have sustained.
Resolved, That the chairman of this meeting transmit to the relatives of the deceased, a copy of the proceedings of this meeting, as a testimonial of the high estimation in which we, the members of this bar held our departed brother, and in token of our unaffected sorrow for his loss.
Resolved, That the chairman present the proceedings of this meeting to the circuit court of M’Lean county, now in session, and move that the same be entered on the records thereof.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be furnished to the papers of this circuit for publications:3
Judge Davis remarked upon the resolutions as follows:
The relations between Mr. Campbell and the court and the bar of this circuit have for a long course of years, been so intimate, that I regret that all of our brethren could not have been present, particpating in these testimonials of esteem and affection for our deceased friend.
To an intellect of high order, well disciplined by cultivation, Mr. Campbell had personal qualities rarely met with. He was a truthful man— without guile— of a generous and manly nature, warm and lasting in his friendship; of a refined courtesy in his intercourse with all men; of incorruptible integrity, and with a heart and hand ever open to the wants of snffering humanity.
When we have done with the things of earth, may it be our lot to be mourned with equal sincerity and affection.
With a melancholy pleasure the conrt directs that the proceedings of the bar together with the remarks of Mr. Stuart, be spread upon the records.
1No manuscript version of the resolutions included in this article has been located, therefore it is unknown which, if any, portions of the resolutions were drafted by Abraham Lincoln. The bar of the Eighth Judicial Circuit met in Bloomington on April 9, 1855, to acknowledge David B. Campbell’s death. John T. Stuart was chosen as chairman of the meeting, and on Lincoln’s motion a committee consisting of himself, Asahel Gridley, Clifton H. Moore, John Clark, and Alexander H. Saltonstall were instructed to draft resolutions. Although no date for these proceedings is published in this article, the Eighth Circuit Bar adopted these resolutions on April 17, 1855.
The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 9 April 1855, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1855-04-09; 17 April 1855, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1855-04-17.
2David B. Campbell died in Springfield at the age of forty-one on April 1, 1855, after a long illness with pulmonary consumption (tuberculosis). The first of April was a Sunday, not a Saturday in 1855.
Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield), 3 April 1855, 2:1; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.
3These proceedings were also published in the daily and weekly editions of the Illinois State Register.
Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield), 27 April 1855, 2:2; Illinois State Register (Springfield), 3 May 1855, 4:2.

Printed Document, 1 page(s), Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield, IL), 27 April 1855, 2:2.