Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton, 8 March 18491
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Rec'd[Received] 10 March.
Hon: John M. ClaytonSecretary of State.Dear Sir:
We recommend that Archibald Williams, of Quincy, Illinois, be appointed U.S. District Attorney for the District of Illinois, when that office shall become vacant–2
Your Obt Servts[Obedient Servants]A. Lincoln
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I beg leave to urge this particularly
E D Baker

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h "a.li E. D. Baker.
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter. Edward D. Baker endorsed the letter.
2President Zachary Taylor appointed Archibald Williams to the position.
James L. King, History of Shawnee County, Kansas (Chicago: Richmond & Arnold, 1905), 436; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1849 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1849), 247.

Autograph Letter Signed, 3 page(s), RG 59, Entry 760: Appointment Records, Applications and Recommendations for Office, Applications and Recommendations for Public Office, 1797-1901, NACP.