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

To Thomas Ewing [b]

Hon: Secretary of the Home Department: Springfield, Ills.
Dear Sir: April 7. 1849

I recommend that Walter Davis be appointed Receiver of the Land Office at this place, whenever there shall be a vacancy. I can not say that Mr. Herndon, [b] FOOTNOTES}>(2) the present incumbent, has failed in the proper discharge of any of the duties of the office. He is a very warm partizan; and openly & actively opposed the election of Gen: Taylor. I also understand that since Gen: Taylor's election, he has received a re-appointment from Mr. Polk, his old commission not having expired. Whether this is true, the records of the Department will show. I may add that the whigs here, almost universally desire his removal. I give no opinion of my own, but state the facts, and express the hope that the Department will act in this, as in all other cases, on some proper general rule. Your Obt. Servt.

A. LINCOLN

P.S. The land district to which this office belongs, is very nearly if not entirely within my district; so that Col. Baker, the other whig representative, claims no voice in the appointment.

A.L.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi; also ADfS, DLC-RTL.

[2]   Archer G. Herndon.