Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To John J. Hardin [1]

Dear John J. Springfield, Ills. Decr. 17-1844

You perhaps know of the great scramble going on here about our Post-office. Upon general principles, you know this would be no concern of the whigs, but in this particular case, if it be in your power to do any thing, you may thereby do a favour to some of your friends here, without disobliging any of them, so far as I believe.

Page  343The man we wish appointed is J. R. Diller---the reason is, that Major Spotswood's [2] family, now comparatively destitute, will be favoured by it. I write this by an understanding with Diller himself, who has seen it's contents. I do not perceive how you can effect any thing; but if you can and will, you will oblige at least Your sincere friend A. LINCOLN

P.S. Let this be confidential. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, owned by David S. Lansden, Cairo, Illinois.

[2]   George W. Spottswood, deceased postmaster. Jonathan R. Diller was appointed and held office until 1849.