Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Hon: Secretary of the Home Department: Springfield, Ills,
Dear Sir: April 7. 1849

I recommend that William Butler be appointed Pension Agent, for the Illinois agency, when the place shall be vacant. Mr. Hurst, [2]Page  40 the present incumbent, I believe has performed the duties very well. He is a decided partazan, and, I believe, expects to be removed. Whether he shall, I submit to the Department. This office is not confined to my District, but pertains to the whole state; so that Col. Baker has an equal right with myself to be heard concerning it. However, the office is located here; and I think it is not probable any one would desire to remove from a distance to take it. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN