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

To Sylvester Emmons [1]

S. Emmons, Esq Springfield,
Dear Sir: Feb: 9. 1850

Yours of the 2nd. was not received till yesterday. I shall be entirely satisfied for you to receive the appointment you desire; still

Page  73I know, by conversations with the Marshal, [2] that he will look to the wishes of the people of your county, rather than to mine, as to who shall have the appointment. Therefore as your friend, I advise you to get the recommendation of some of your prominent whigs---Dummer, Dick Thomas---Arenz, [3] and such men, and I will most cheerfully present them to the Marshall when he shall be here. Very truly your friend. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, Herbert W. Fay Collection. Emmons was a resident of Beardstown, Illinois.

[2]   Benjamin Bond.

[3]   Henry E. Dummer, Richard S. Thomas, Francis Arenz.