To Joseph Duncan 
His Excellency Joseph Duncan
Having learned that a vacancy has occured in the board of Commissioners of public works---by the resignation of J. W. Stephenson We take much pleasure in recommending to your favorable consideration for the vacancy thus created our fellow citizen John Dickson  of Ogle county whom we consider in every way fully qualified to discharge the duties of the office
Jesse B. Thomas Jr C R Matheny G. Elkin
J. Wright, Comr. A.G. Herndon A. Lincoln
Pub. Works. N. W. Edwards Gershom Jayne
J. F. Speed Th C Browne
Simeon Francis William Butler A. G. Henry 
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 John Dixon.
 Of the co-signers with Lincoln, not previously identified, Jesse B. Thomas, Jr., was circuit judge; Joel Wright was a recently elected commissioner of public works; Charles R. Matheny was clerk of county commissioners' court; Joshua F. Speed was a merchant and partner in James Bell & Co.; William Butler was clerk of the circuit court; Garrett Elkin was sheriff; Gershom Jayne was a Springfield physician; Thomas C. Browne was Illinois Supreme Court judge.