Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  38

Endorsement: Edward D. Baker to John M. Clayton [1]

[March 20, 1849]

Private & confidential

I have heard the foregoing letter of Col. Baker read; and from a long personal & intimate acquaintance with him, if the plan he proposes is at all practicable, I think, he would be the very man to execute it. [Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN [2]]

Hon. J. M. Clayton.

Annotation

[1]   AE, DLC-John M. Clayton Papers. Baker wrote from Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20, 1849, proposing that a reliable Whig should be sent to California to assist in organizing the territory and gaining its admission to the Union ``at once,'' as a Whig state. He set forth his own qualifications and expressed his willingness to go.

[2]   Close and signature have been cut off but copied below in pencil, presumably by the autograph collector.