Zadok Casey's Sine die Address of February 12, 1849
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives:
In taking leave of you, in all probability forever, emotions and feelings are excited which no language within my command can properly express. At the commencement of the session, in accepting this high place at your bidding, I promised you that my best powers should be exerted faithfully and impartially to discharge the duties incident thereto. I feel that 1 have redeemed that pledge. I return you my cordial thanks for the prompt and hearty support that you have upon all occasions, and under the most trying cireumstances, rendered me. I regard the resolution you have unanimously adopted in relation to my services, as the highest testimonial of your approbation. It is not mere form, the manner of its adoption has made it substance. With all my heart, I thank you for it.
We part, gentlemen, many of us, never again to meet. You carry with you, to your constituents, your friends, your families, your homes, my ardent prayers to a beneficent and overruling providence, that your future lives may be useful and happy.
It only remains for me to announce that the House of Representatives stands adjourned sine die.
Journal of the House of Representatives of the sixteenth General Assembly of the State of Illinois at its Regular Session,February 12, 1849.