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

To James A. Pearce [1]

Hon: James A. Pearce: Springfield,
Sir: Jany. 13. 1851.

It is believed here, by myself & some others, that your influence, if we could enlist it, would secure the appointment of Charles H. Constable to a Judgeship in Oregon. Mr. Constable is a native of Maryland; and I understand you have some personal acquaintance with him, or his family. He is now, and for several years has been, a resident of this State. He is well qualified to do the duties of a Judgeship; and I believe it would give universal satisfaction to the whigs of this State for him to receive such an appointment. I shall be greatly obliged, if you shall find it agreeable to interest yourself in his behalf.

You will probably not remember me; and therefore, as an appology for addressing you, I have to say that I had an introduction to you while I was a member of the H.R. of the 30th. Congress. Your Obt. Servt A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA FS RG 59, Appointment Papers. Lincoln's letter was enclosed with one by David Davis of the same date to Senator James A. Pearce of Maryland recommending Constable. Constable did not receive the appointment.