To William H. Seward 
I do not object to Senator McDougal being obliged by the appointment of the within named. A. LINCOLN
Aug. 10, 1861
 AES, DNA FS RG 59, Appointments, Box 272. Lincoln's endorsement is written on the back of James A. McDougall to Lincoln, August 6, 1861, recommending Israel S. Diehl of California for consul `` . . . at Smyrna or to some post in the East. . . . Mr. Diehl has long and prominently been identified with those reformatory movements which have done so much to benefit the people of the Pacific coast. . . . '' Diehl was appointed consul at Batavia, Java, August 12, 1861.