Abraham Lincoln to James K. Polk, 8 December 18471
His Excellency, the President of the U. States.Dear Sir:
Mr Franklin L Rhoads, of Pekin, Illinois, desires the appointment to a Lieutenancy in the U.S. Army, as you perceive by the Petition, accompanying this–2 Mr Rhoads is a Whig; but of the fifteen persons who sign his Petition, I personally know five to be influential Democrats, five whigs, and the remaining five to be respectable men, though their politics are unknown to me– The Mr Jones, who writes the accompanying letter, addressed to me, has received a Military education, and was Mr Rhoads' Captain in the battle of Cerro Gordo3 If the appointment could be confered on Mr Rhoads, I should be personally grateful for it–4
Very Respectfully
Your Obt Sert[Obedient Servant]
A. Lincoln
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His Excellency, the President.
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter.
2The accompanying petition has not been located.
3The accompanying letter has not been located.
4It does not appear that Franklin L. Rhoads received a commission.

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