To John M. Clayton 
Dear Sir: Sept. 12. 1849.
You perceive the object of the inclosed paper. I personally know Majr. Fellows to be worthy of either of the offices mentioned. The signers of the paper are of the ``tip top'' whigs of Illinois. One of them is now a circuit judge, one other has been such, one is now U.S. District Attorney, and the others are all lawyers of high standing. I fully indorse Majr. Fellows and them, reserving only, that I have already recommended S. Francis for the Secretaryship of Oregon. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA FS RG 59, Appointment Papers. This letter is marked ``Rec'd 20 Sept.'' The enclosure is a letter to Lincoln signed by Orville H. Browning and others September 6, 1849, recommending Major Hart Fellows of Schuyler County for appointment to a federal judgeship or as secretary of Oregon Territory. Fellows did not receive either appointment, but in 1851 he was surveyor of the Port of San Francisco.