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

To Jacob Collamer [1]

Hon: Post-Master-General: Springfield, Ills.
Dear Sir: April 7, 1849

I recommend that Abner Y. Ellis [2] be appointed Post-Master at this place, whenever there shall be a vacancy. J. R. Diller, the present incumbent, I can not say has failed in the proper discharge of any of the duties of the office. He, however, has been an active partizan in opposition to us. Located at the Seat of Government of the State, he has been, for part, if not the whole of the time he has held the office, a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, signing his name to their addresses and manifestos; and has been, as I understand, re-appointed by Mr. Polk since Gen: Taylor's election. These are the facts of the case as I understand them, and I give no opinion of mine as to whether he should or should not be removed. My wish is that the Department may adopt some proper general rule for such cases, and that Mr. Diller may not be made an exception to it, one way or the other. Your Obt. Servt.


P.S. This office, with it's delivery, is entirely within my district; so that Col. Baker, the other whig representative, claims no voice in the appointment. A. L.


[1]   ADfS, DLC-RTL.

[2]   Ellis received the appointment as Lincoln recommended.