William A. Richardson and Abraham Lincoln to James K. Polk, 8 December 18471
His Excellency the President of the U– StatesDear Sir:
We, the undersigned, members of the H. R. and being one Democrat and one Whig, respectfully solicit the appointment of Thomas Graham Jr. of Beardstown, Illinois, to a first Lieutenancy in the U.S. Infantry– Mr Graham is a Democrat, but is reccommended, as we personally know, by most respectable men of both parties– Under these circumstances, we are sincerely desirous that he should receive the appointment– Accompanying this, are the letters which have been forwarded to us on the subject–2
Very Respectfully
Your Obt Serts[obedient Servants]
W A RichardsonA. Lincoln
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter. William A. Richardson signed his own name only.
2The accompanying letters have not been located. It does not appear that Thomas Graham, Jr. received a commission.

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Boston University (Boston, MA).