Abraham Lincoln to John Murray, 27 January 18491
My dear Sir:
Your letter, in relation to the office of Marshall, was received last night–2 You are not mistaken, in so far as you may suppose, I entertain the strongest personal friendship for you; but I have more than one application for the same office, before yours, appealing to my feelings in the same way– I know not what control of this matter may fall into my hands; and I can only say now that I will lay your letter by, and, when the time comes, give your claim, among others, that consideration, which is due to impartiality, fairness, and friendship–
Yours as everA. Lincoln3
1Lincoln wrote this letter in its entirety.
2Murray’s letter has not been located.
3Lincoln did receive a number of letters endorsing various candidates for the U.S. marshalship of Illinois. Most favored Benjamin Bond, who received the appointment and held the job until 1853.
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Copy of Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)