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Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Ewing, 19 June 18491
(Copy,)
Hon. T. Ewing,Secretary, &c[etc].Sir:
My friend, N. G. Wilcox, is an applicant to be Receiver of the Land Office at Stillwater, Minesota; and I sincerely hope he may succeed. He is every way worthy of the office. I have once seen his devotion to principle put to the severest test, and come out unshaken. My confidence in him unlimited.2
Your Obt. Svt[Obedient Servant],A. Lincoln.
[certification]
02/23/1861
I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original on file in this Department,
W. W. Lester
Acting Chf. Clk.[Chief Clerk]

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No. 14.
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Nathaniel G. Wilcox, of Illinois.
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Copy of a letter from Hon. A. Lincoln, June 19, 1849,
Mr. Lincoln says he has once seen his devotion to principle put to the severest test, and come out unshaken. “My confidence in him is unlimited.”
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12/09/1865
Original read by me, Dec. 9, 1865. (Now in hands of Col.[Colonel] Wilcox.)
1This is a copy of a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed.
2In March 1849, Lincoln recommended Nathaniel G. Wilcox for a pursership in the U.S. Navy, which Wilcox did not receive. President Zachary Taylor appointed Wilcox receiver of the U.S. General Land Office in Stillwater, Minnesota. Wilcox held the position until 1852.
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; Augustus B. Easton, History of the Saint Croix Valley (Chicago: H. C. Cooper, Jr., 1909), 1:356.

Handwritten Transcription, 2 page(s), Box 5, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).