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Abraham Lincoln to William B. Preston, 24 June 18491
Hon: Secretary of the NavyDear Sir:
I understand my personal friend and fellow Illinoisan, ^A. F^ S. G. Patrick, has been removed from a clerkship in your Department, on some charge implicating his capacity or business habits as a clerk– In such an implication I suspect injustice has been done him, not by you, but by those on whose information you acted– If this be so, you can ascertain it; and I shall be much obliged if you will wipe the injurious stigma from him– This is one thing; another is that if not inconsistent, I much wish he could have some temporary employment till about the meeting of Congress2 When I say "if not inconsistent" I mean that I wish you to be consistent in all things; and that if obliging Mr Patrick, democrat as he is, in the matter of temporary employment, would at all interfere with your consistency, I wish you not to do it–3
Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]A. Lincoln
[docketing]
06/24/1849
A. Lincoln
About Mr Patrick
June 24, 1849.
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2U.S. Congress was in recess from March 4, 1849 until December 3, 1849.
U.S. House Journal. 1849. 30th Cong., 2nd sess., 672; U.S. House Journal. 1849. 31st Cong., 1st sess., 3.
3William B. Preston’s reply, if he wrote one, has not been located. Amos F. Patrick’s name does not appear in the official registers of the officers and agents of the government for 1849, 1851, or 1853, so apparently he was not reinstated.
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); Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1851 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1851); Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1853 (Washington, DC: Robert Armstrong, 1853).

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Rosenbach Museum and Library (Philadelphia, PA).