To James Berdan 
My dear Sir: July 22. 1849
Last night I received a Washington letter from Mr. John Addison, in which, among other things he says: ``Lucas tells me this morning that Mr. Butterfield was making very particular enquiries about our friend Berdan, & expressed a wish to have his services inPage 60 the Dept., remarking that he considered him one of the best land lawyers in the West &c. Would he like an appt.? I feel satisfied that he could obtain a good one if he applied''
I took the precaution to withdraw the letters filed in my favor for Comr.; so that the very pretty one you wrote for me, can not rise in judgment against you, if, indeed, being seen, it would affect Mr. B's feelings towards you. Now, my dear Sir, I do not know whether you have thought of going to Washington, or, if you have, whether my friendship would help or hurt you with Mr. B; still I write this to put myself at your service in the matter, and to say I shall be pleased to act as you may desire. Please write me by return mail[.] Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN