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

To John Addison [1]

Dear Addison: Springfield, Ills. July 22. 1849

On the other half of this sheet is what I hope may be both satisfactory and serviceable to you. [2] If any thing I have written for any body should be turned to your disadvantage, I could hardly ever forgive myself for the carelessness of so writing. Give my respects to my friends about you, particularly Lucas; [3] and tell him I am truly glad he is at a good understanding with the new Commissioner. [4] If letters have come to the Dept. in my favor since the appointment, may they not be sent to me? I should like to see them. I have now about forty such, nineteen (I believe) of which are from M.C.'s

I shall write Berdan to-day [5] on the matter of which you speak concerning him. He is as much of a gentleman as lives. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN---


[1]   ALS, Saigal Auction 5/5/93. John Addison was a clerk in the Interior Department.

[2]   Presumably this was a letter of recommendation which Addison tore off and used in its appropriate place. The original has not been located.

[3]   Josiah M. Lucas.

[4]   Justin Butterfield.

[5]   Vide infra.