Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To John M. Clayton [1]

Hon: J. M. Clayton Springfield, Illinois.
Secretary of State Sept. 27. 1849

Dear Sir: Your letter of the 17th. Inst. saying you had received no answer to yours informing me of my appointment as Secretary of Oregon, is received, and surprises me very much. I received that letter, accompanied by the commission, in due course of mail, and answered it two days after, declining the office, and warmly recommending Simeon Francis for it. I have also written you several letters since, [2] alluding to the same matter, all of which ought to have reached you before the date of your last letter. Your Obt. Servt.

A. LINCOLN---

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by Richard Helms, Chevy Chase, Maryland.

[2]   Most, if not all, of these letters have recently been discovered. See Lincoln to Clayton, August 21 and September 12, 15, and 16, supra.