John Addison, Esq. September 27, 1849.
My dear Sir: Your letter is received. I can not but be grateful to you and all other friends who have interested themselves in having the governorship of Oregon offered to me; but on as much reflection as I have had time to give the subject, I cannot consent to accept it. I have an ever abiding wish to serve you; but as to the secretaryship, I have already recommended our friend Simeon Francis, of the ``Journal.'' Please present my respects to G. T. M. Davis  generally, and my thanks especially for his kindness in the Oregon matter. Yours as ever, A. LINCOLN.