Abraham Lincoln and Edward D. Baker to Thomas Ewing, 9 March 18491
Hon: Thomas EwingSecretary of the Home Department:Dear Sir:
We recommend that Matthew Gillespie be appointed to fill the Land-office now, or soon to be, vacant at Edwardsville, Illinois–2
Your Obt Servts[Obedient Servants]A. LincolnE. D. Baker

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Receiver—Land Office
Edwardsville Ill[Illinois]
Galispie Mathew is recommended by A. Lincoln and E. D. Baker
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Baker & Lincoln's
Matthew Gillespie to fill
Land Office
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter. Edward D. Baker signed his own name.
2President Zachary Taylor appointed Matthew Gillespie the register of the General Land Office at Edwardsville, in which capacity he served until 1853.
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), 135; History of Madison County, Illinois (Edwardsville, IL: W. R. Brink, 1882), 363.

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