To Thomas Ewing 
Dear Sir: July 5. 1849
I have a friend here, William Porter, who desires the job of examining the Land Offices in the North-West, if such a job is to be given out. I also desire him to have it; and while at Washington I filed a letter of his, with my indorsement upon it to that effect.  IPage 57 do not know that a citizen of my district, or even of Illinois is to receive this little favor, and if not, I have no preference to express between applicants elsewhere. What I do ask is, that, if any citizen of my district, and particularly of my own town, is to receive it, Mr. Porter may be the man. Your Obt. Servt A. LINCOLN.