Petition of Charles R. Matheny and Others to Joseph Duncan, 25 July 18381
To His Excellency Joseph Duncan
Having learned that a vacancy has occured in the board of commissioners of public works– by the resignation of J. W. Stephenson We take much pleasure in recommending to your favorable consideration for the vacancy thus created our our fellow citizen John Dickson of Ogle county whom we consider in every way fully qualified to discharge the duties of the office2
C R Matheny
Jesse B Thomas Jr ^^ A. G ‘Herndon
^^ N W. Edwards
J. Wright, Comr Pub.[Commissioner Public] Works, ^Lincolns friend^ J. F. Speed
Simeon Francis
^First publisher of the Springfield Journal.^
William Butler
G. Elkin
^^ A. Lincoln
Gershom Jayne
Th C Browne
A. G. Henry

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Hon. Joseph DuncanJacksonvilleIlls–
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Recommendation of Dixon By Sundry persons at Springf'ld
1Abraham Lincoln only signed his name to this petition.
2James W. Stephenson’s term of office expired on March 1, 1839. On February 19, the General Assembly met in joint session and elected John Dixon as Stephenson’s replacement as commissioner for the sixth judicial district.
John H. Krenkel, Illinois Internal Improvements 1818-1848 (Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch, 1958), 99; Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 448-49; Illinois Senate Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 359.

Handwritten Document Signed, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).