Abraham Lincoln to Josiah B. Herrick, 3 June 18491
Dr J. B. HerrickDear Sir:
It is now certain that either Mr Butterfield or I will be Commissioner of the General Land-Office2 If you are willing to give me the preference, please write me to that effect, at Washington whither I am going–3 There is not a moment of time to be lost4
Yours trulyA. Lincoln

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From A. Lincoln to Dr J B Herrick.
2Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were vying to become commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards. See the General Land Office Affair.
3On June 6, Josiah B. Herrick wrote Lincoln promising to “scribble a few lines” to President Zachary Taylor and wishing him success.
As competition for the job intensified, William H. Henderson and Josiah Lucas, Lincoln supporters living in Washington, DC, urged Lincoln to come to the nation’s capital to personally lobby for the position.
On June 9, Butterfield wrote Lincoln suggesting that neither go to Washington. Lincoln did not respond to this suggestion, and on June 10, both set out for the capital. Lincoln arrived on or before June 19.
4Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the appointment; the job went to Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Andre De Coppet Collection, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ).