To William H. Bissell 
Sir April 4th 1859
Charles J Beattie of Livingston County is about to apply to your excellency to be appointed Pros Atty for the 20th Judicial Circuit in the Place of Samson DeWitt deceased. If it is the wish of the Bar of that Circuit I should be glad to see him appointed to that office Respectfully
JNO M SCOTT
W H HANNA
 LS, I-Ar. The letter was written by Scott and signed by Hanna and Lincoln---the latter in pencil. The letter bears Bissell's endorsement suggesting that Ozias M. Hatch, secretary of state, issue the commission. John M. Scott and William H. Hanna were attorneys at Bloomington, Illinois.