Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Dear General: Springfield, Ills. May 18. 1849

I learn from Washington that a man by the name of Butterfield will probably be appointed Commissioner of the General Land-Office. This ought not to be. That is about the only crumb of patronagePage  50 which Illinois expects; and I am sure the mass of Gen: Taylor's friends here, would quite as lief see it go East of the Alleghanies, or West of the Rocky mountains, as into that man's hands. They are already sore on the subject of his getting office. In the great contest of /40 he was not seen or heard of; but when the victory came, three or four old drones, including him, got all the valuable offices, through what influence no one has yet been able to tell. I believe the only time he has been very active, was last spring a year [ago], in opposition to Gen: Taylor's nomination.

Now can not you get the ear of Gen: Taylor? Ewing is for B; and therefore he must be avoided. Preston I think will favor you. Mr. Edwards [2] has written me offering to decline, but I advised him not to do so. Some kind friends think I ought to be an applicant; but I am for Mr. Edwards. Try to defeat B; and in doing so, use Mr. Edwards, J. L. D. Morrison, or myself, whichever you can to best advantage. Write me, and let this be confidential. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN