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Receipt of Abraham Lincoln to Department of Interior, 22 June 18491
Received from the files of this office Department a Letter written by myself in favor of Mr Thomas for Marshal of Ill. dated May 12 1849,2
A. Lincoln

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[docketing]
Marshal of Illinois
Mr Thomas–
Letter of Mr Lincoln– withdrawn
1This letter is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but is not in Lincoln’s hand. The signature is suspect, but the editors believe the signature is in Lincoln’s hand.
2The letter Lincoln references has not been located. In March 1849, both Charles G. Thomas and Benjamin Bond were competing to become the U.S. marshal for Illinois. Lincoln wrote several letters to government officials recommending that they consider Bond for the position. In two of these letters, however, Lincoln noted that he preferred that the appointment go to Thomas. Bond received the appointment and held the job until 1853.
Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton; Memorandum concerning Benjamin Bond; Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton; Abraham Lincoln to John M. Johnson; 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), 247; 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), 267; 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), 259.

Handwritten Document Signed, 2 page(s), RG 59, Entry 760: Appointment Records, Applications and Recommendations for Office, Applications and Recommendations for Public Office, 1797-1901, NACP.