AES, DNA NR RG 48, Appointments, Indian Agents, Box 72. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter of Vital Jarrot to Senator Lyman Trumbull, Philadelphia, January 16, 1865: ``After reaching this place transacting some business here on my way to Washington City, I received a telegram, from my son in law, calling me back home immediately. You will therefore pardon me for calling upon you to represent me with the Executive. To be short---at the solicitations of the traders along the Platte I have consented to apply to Mr Lincoln for the Indian Agency of the Sious on the Platts. I am informed that said agency is now vacant and I am vain enough to concur, with the Indian traders I have seen, in believing that I could do much with the Indians in bringing them back to peaceful relations with us. To give what, I am informed, was the cause of theirPage 226
present hostility would require more space than an ordinary letter. I shall therefor neither trouble you with the details of the origin, progress and present condition of the troubles with those Indians. Should you however please apply and procure me the appointment, it will be time for me then to lay all the information I have received on the subject, before the proper department. This is my only application I have ever made for executive favor of any kind and I do not think that I am expecting too much, to believe that the President on your recommendation will appoint me.''
Vital Jarrot of St. Clair County, Illinois, who had followed his father Nicholas Jarrot in the Indian trade, had been known to Lincoln from the period of the Black Hawk War and had served with Lincoln in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1838-1839. He was nominated agent of the Upper Platte Agency on February 17 and confirmed by the Senate on March 3, 1865.