To John Addison 
On the other half of this sheet is what I hope may be both satisfactory and serviceable to you.  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;  and tell him I am truly glad he is at a good understanding with the new Commissioner.  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  on the matter of which you speak concerning him. He is as much of a gentleman as lives. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN---
 ALS, Saigal Auction 5/5/93. John Addison was a clerk in the Interior Department.
 Presumably this was a letter of recommendation which Addison tore off and used in its appropriate place. The original has not been located.
 Josiah M. Lucas.
 Justin Butterfield.
 Vide infra.