Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To John M. Clayton [1]

Hon J. M. Clayton. Springfield, Illinois,
Secretary of State Sept. 16- 1849

Dear Sir: I send you a paper recommending Simeon Francis for the appointment of Secretary for the Oregon Teritory.

I know I have no right to claim the disposal of the office; but I do think, under all the circumstances, that he ought to receive the appointment. If a long course of uniform and efficient action as a whig editor; if an honesty unimpeached, and qualifications undisputed; if the fact that he has advanced to the meridian of life without ever before asking for an office, be considerations of importance with the Administration, I can not but feel that the appointment, while it will do him justice, will also do honor to the Administration. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA FS RG 59, Appointment Papers. This letter is marked ``Rec'd 24 Sept.'' See Lincoln to Clayton, September 27, infra.