Edward D. Baker to Nathaniel G. Wilcox, 14 March 18491
My Dear Sir
We desire this to stand as our recommendation of 2 your appointment to a Pursership in the Navy,
Very Respy[Respectfully]
Your Obt Sert[Obedient Servant],
E. D. BakerN. G. Wilcox Esq[Esquire]
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If Mr Wilcox can receive the appointment above indicated, I shall be truly, and heartily gratified– From at least one severe test I have seem him subjected to, I consider him, a gentleman of the highest sense of honor; besides possessing all the other requisite qualifications–
A. Lincoln

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Land Office
Still Water Minnesota
N. G Wilcox
Recommended by Hon E. D. Baker & Hon A Lincoln who says that he shall be truly gratified if Mr W. should receive the appointment– & considers him a gentleman of the highest sinse of honor3
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1Edward D. Baker wrote and signed the letter. Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed an endorsement following the main text.
2"to" changed to "of".
3Although Baker and Lincoln recommended Nathaniel G. Wilcox for a naval position, he was actually appointed receiver of the General Land Office at Stillwater, Minnesota Territory.
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), 138.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Division of Politics and Reform, National Museum of American History (Washington, DC).