Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear Doctor: Washington, Jan: 19. 1849

Your letter from Chicago, recommending Wm. M. Black, [2] for Register of the Land office at Vandalia, is received. Two others, both good men, have applied for the same office before. I have made no pledge; but if the matter falls into my hands, I shall, when the time comes, try to do right, in view of all the lights then beforePage  24 me. I do not feel authorized to advise any one of the applicants what course to pursue. Yours truly A. LINCOLN