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

To John Murray [1]

My dear Sir: Washington, Jan: 27- 1849-

Your letter, in relation to the office of Marshall, was received last night. You are not mistaken, in so far as you may suppose, I entertain the strongest personal friendship for you; but I have more than one application for the same office, before yours, appealing to my feelings in the same way. I know not what control of this matter may fall into my hands; and I can only say now that I will lay your letter by, and, when the time comes, give your claim, among others, that consideration, which is due to impartiality, fairness, and friendship. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN---

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[1]   ALS, owned by Mrs. H. L. Murray, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Murray was a Whig of Belleville, Illinois, who served in the Illinois Senate in 1836-1840.