Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  51

To Elisha Embree [1]

Hon E. Embree Springfield, Ills.
Dear Sir: May 25- 1849

I am about to ask a favor of you---one which, I hope will not cost you much. I understand the General Land Office is about to be given to Illinois; and that Mr. Ewing desires Justin Butterfield, of Chicago, to be the man. I give you my word, the appointment of Mr. B. will be an egregious political blunder. It will give offence to the whole whig party here, and be worse than a dead loss to the administration, of so much of it's patronage. Now, if you can conscientiously do so, I wish you to write General Taylor at once, saying that either I, or the man I recommend, should, in your opinion, be appointed to that office, if any one from Illinois shall be. I restrict my request to Ills. because you may have a man of your own, in your own state; and I do not ask to interfere with that. Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, owned by Mrs. Howard Taylor, Temecula, California. Elisha Embree was an Indiana Whig, member with Lincoln of the Thirtieth Congress.