To Josiah B. Herrick 
Your letter from Chicago, recommending Wm. M. Black,  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
 ALS-P, ISLA. Josiah B. Herrick had resided in Vandalia, but accepted a position on the faculty of the Rush Medical College in Chicago, where his brother William B. Herrick was professor of anatomy. He was succeeded in 1850 by Dr. Joseph W. Freer in his position as ``demonstrator of anatomy.''
 James M. Davis, not William M. Black, received the appointment.