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Abraham Lincoln to Robert C. Schenck, 3 June 18491
Hon: R. C. SchenckDear Sir:
As between Illinoians, would you not as soon I should be Commissioner of the General Land Office as any other?2 If so, write me to that effect, at Washington, whither I intend going in a few days–3 No time to be lost.4
Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]A. Lincoln

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A. Lincoln– Comr[Commissioner] Gen. Land Office
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A. Lincoln
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June 3, 1849
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.
3As competition for the job intensified, William H. Henderson and Josiah M. 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.
4Robert C. Schenck responded to this letter on June 11 and offered his support to Lincoln. Ultimately, 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), Box 3, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).