Endorsement: Edward D. Baker to John M. Clayton 
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 ]
Hon. J. M. Clayton.
 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.
 Close and signature have been cut off but copied below in pencil, presumably by the autograph collector.