In a resolution approved on March 21, 1870, the General Assembly "in relation to the death of Lewis Collins of Maysville, Kentucky," expressed its "deep regret" at his death. Collins was "a native Kentuckian of great purity of character and enlarged public spirit." He wrote a history of Kentucky which was based on "extended research" and which embodies "in a permanent form the history of each county in the State and the lives of its distinguished citizens and is an invaluable contribution to the literature and historical knowledge of the State." So the General Assembly "from a sense of duty and regard for his memory" expressed "this testimonial of its appreciation of his irreproachable character and valued services."
Albumen photograph of Lewis Collins, Kentucky Historical Society Collections.