Chester Butler to Robert E. Horner, 7 December 18471
R. E. Horner Esq[Esquire]Dr Sir
The bearer Mr Raub has been employed under your predecessor, as a labourer and wishes to retain his situation. I w[as] acquainted with his father who formerly resided in my District, but is now dead leaving his widow dependent upon this sonMr R. is a worthy young man and has been I am informed very obliging and attentive in the discharge of his duties. If you can with propriety, you would oblige me by retaining him in his present position
Very respectfully
Yours &
Chester Butler
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I fully concur in this request– as I have long known Mr Raub to a most faithful and honest officer.
D. M. Barringer3

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[ docketing ]
John Raub for Laborer
Rec.[Recommended] by J. R Ingersoll Chester Butler Jas Pollok and 8 others,
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In favor of the continuance of John Raub as a Labourer5
1Chester P. Butler wrote and signed the letter. Roy P. Basler, editor of The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, found the original in the Oliver R. Barrett Collection. The first page was found at the Keya Gallery in 2010. The second page has not been located.
Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 1:417.
2John W. Farrelly wrote and signed this endorsement. The others signed their own names.
3Daniel M. Barringer wrote and signed this endorsement.
4Caleb B. Smith wrote this text and signed his name. Abraham Lincoln and Alexander H. Stephens wrote and signed their respective endorsements. The remainder of the signatories signed their own names.
5Raub did not retain his job as laborer, but he died become a messenger to the doorkeeper of the House of Representatives.
H.R. Misc. Doc. No. 4, 30th Cong., 2nd Sess. (1848); H.R. Misc. Doc. No. 5, 31st Cong., 2nd Sess. (1851).

First page, Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Private Collection; Second page, Copy of Autograph Document, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).