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Tuesday, February 8, 1842.+-

Springfield, IL.

In the evening, Lincoln delivers a eulogy for Benjamin Ferguson before a meeting of the Washington Temperance Society. Lincoln remarks, "In his intercourse with his fellow men, he possessed that rare uprightness of character, which was evidenced by his having no disputes or bickerings of his own, while he was ever the chosen arbiter to settle those of his neighbors. In very truth he was, the noblest work of God—an honest man."Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 11 February 1842, 2:7; Eulogy on Benjamin Ferguson, 8 February 1842, CW, 1:268-69.