Petition of Charles R. Matheny and Others to Joseph Duncan, 25 July 18381Springfield 25 July 1838.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|
^First publisher of the Springfield Journal.^
|^√^ A. Lincoln|
|Th C Browne|
|A. G. Henry|
<Page 2>Hon. Joseph DuncanJacksonvilleIlls–
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).