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September 1, 1901
“Faithful Stewards” Union Conference Record 4, 9, p. 2.
THE Lord is calling for men and women who are faithful in money matters; and who, as treasurers of conferences, institutions, churches, Sabbath-schools, etc., can be trusted with the funds, and will be faithful in rendering an account for every penny placed in their hands.UCR September 1, 1901, page 2.1
One of the traits of Abraham Lincoln was faithfulness in little things. Mr. Wanamaker, Postmaster-General, U. S. A., said, in a lecture delivered at a banquet in Philadelphia, that while at Washington it came under his notice that Lincoln, in early life, had been a postmaster in a small town in Illinois. In the course of time the office was consolidated with that of Salem, and the man twice wanted afterward for president was for once not wanted for postmaster. Years afterward it was discovered that no settlement had reached Washington of the affairs of that little post-office. A visit was made to Mr. Lincoln, and the case stated, when the always great man rose from his desk, walked over to a chest of drawers, and took out a bundle of papers containing an envelope containing seventeen dollars and some cents, the exact sum, in the identical money of the government, safely in keeping until called for. As he handed it over to the agent of the post-office department, he said, “There it is. I never use any other man’s money.”UCR September 1, 1901, page 2.2