To James Speed 
Attorney General please have a Brief made of these and all other papers on file in relation to Indiana vacant Judgeship.
Dec. 7. 1864 A. LINCOLN
 AES, DNA RG 60, Papers of Attorney General, Appointments, Indiana, Box 406. Lincoln's endorsement is written on an envelope containing testimonials in favor of John D. Howland for judge of the U.S. District Court to succeed Albert S. White, who died on September 24, 1864. David McDonald received the nomination and was confirmed by the Senate on December 13, 1864.