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

To William H. Herndon [1]

Dear William Washington, Jan. 5. 1849

Your two letters were received last night. I have a great many letters to write, and so can not write very long ones. There mustPage  19 be some mistake about Walter Davis saying I promised him the Post-Office; I did not so promise him. I did tell him, that if the distribution of the offices should fall into my hands, he should have something; and if I shall be convinced he has said any more than this, I shall be disappointed. I said this much to him, because, as I understand, he is of good character, is one of the young men, is of the mechanics, [2] an always faithful, and never troublesome whig, and is poor, with the support of a widow mother thrown almost exclusively on him by the death of his brother. If these are wrong reasons, then I have been wrong; but I have certainly not been selfish in it; because in my greatest need of friends he was against me and for Baker. Yours as ever

A. LINCOLN

P. S. Let the above be confidential

Annotation

[1]   ALS, PHi.

[2]   Springfield Mechanics Union.