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

To William Schouler [1]

Friend Schooler: Washington, Feb. 2. 1849

In these days of Cabinet making, we out West are awake as well as others. The accompanying article is from the Illinois Journal, [2] our leading whig paper; and while it expresses what all, [3] the whigs of the Legislatures of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin have expressed---a preference for Col. Baker---I think it is fair and magnanamous to the other Western aspirants; and, on the whole shows by sound argument, that the West is not only entitled to, but is in need of, one member of the cabinet. Desiring to turn public attention, in some measure to this point, I shall be obliged if you will give the article a place in your paper, with or without comments, according to your own sense of propriety.

Our acquaintance, though short, has been very cordial; and I therefore venture to hope you will not consider my request presumptious, whether you shall or shall not think proper to grant it.

This I intend as private and confidential. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ADfS, DLC-RTL.

[2]   Articles promoting Baker for a cabinet post appeared in the Journal for December 20, 1848, and January 3 and 24, 1849.

[3]   A phrase is deleted at this point as follows: ``or at least nearly all the Illinois whigs feel''---and the phrase inserted as it stands.