To John M. Clayton 
Secretary of State Sept. 16- 1849
Dear Sir: I send you a paper recommending Simeon Francis for the appointment of Secretary for the Oregon Teritory.
I know I have no right to claim the disposal of the office; but I do think, under all the circumstances, that he ought to receive the appointment. If a long course of uniform and efficient action as a whig editor; if an honesty unimpeached, and qualifications undisputed; if the fact that he has advanced to the meridian of life without ever before asking for an office, be considerations of importance with the Administration, I can not but feel that the appointment, while it will do him justice, will also do honor to the Administration. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN