Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Tremont, Illinois, Sept. 23. 1849

Hon. T. Ewing

Secretary etc.

Dear Sir

Your despatch of the 20th announcing my appointment as Governor of Oregon is just received, having reached Springfield in my absence, and been forwarded to me here by mail. I have just written a friend at Springfield to answer you by Telegraph that I decline the appointment, which I suppose will reach you long before this will. May I request you to express my gratitude to the President, for these repeated evidences of his kindness and confidence?

Your Obt Sevt A. LINCOLN