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

To James K. Polk [1]

House of Representatives. Decr. 8. 1847

His Excellency the President of the U. States

Dear Sir: We, the undersigned, members of the H.R. and being one Democrat and one Whig, respectfully solicit the appointment of Thomas Graham Jr. of Beardstown, Illinois, to a first Lieutenancy in the U.S. Infantry. Mr. Graham is a Democrat, but is rec-commended,Page  418 as we personally know, by most respectable men of both parties. Under these circumstances, we are sincerely desirous that he should receive the appointment. Accompanying this, are the letters which have been forwarded to us on the subject. Very Respectfully Your Obt. Servts. W A RICHARDSON [2]



[1]   ALS, owned by Edward C. Stone, Boston, Massachusetts.

[2]   William A. Richardson, a Democrat of Schuyler County, Illinois, was elected to Congress from the Fifth District in 1847 (special election).