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

Edward D. Baker to Nathaniel G. Wilcox [1]

[March 14, 1849]

If Mr. Wilcox [2] can receive the appointment above indicated, I shall be truly and heartily gratified. From at least one severe test, I have seen him subjected to, I consider him a gentleman of the highest sense of honor, besides possessing all the other requisite qualifications. A. LINCOLN.


[1]   Certified copy, ICU. Lincoln's endorsement was written on the bottom of Baker's letter to Wilcox, March 14, 1849, which stated ``We desire this to stand as our recommendation of your appointment to a Pursership in the Navy.'' The original document has not been located; on December 9, 1865, it was in the possession of Wilcox. Certification of the copy, dated February 23, 1861, is signed by W. W. Lester, acting chief clerk, Department of the Interior.

[2]   Nathaniel G. Wilcox was a Schuyler County, Illinois, Whig, unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor (1846) and congress (1847).