George W. Dole to Abraham Lincoln, 30 March 18481Chicago March 30/40Hon A LincolnDear Sir
You recd[received] from our mutual friends of this city Letters reccommending me to the appointment of Post master of this city, Will You do me the kindness to endorse those letters as to ^the^ standing and respectability of the writers & send them to me pr[per] mail, I wish to send them to the Post Master, I presume you will not refuse me and my friends this act of kindness, It may be that I can reciprocate this kindness sometime which I will do with pleasureRespectfully
Your Obdt Servt[Obedient Servant]Geo W Dole2will you please answer this on rect[receipt] of it3G W Dole
2Dole received the appointment as postmaster of Chicago, holding the position from September 1850 to March 1853.
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), *527; 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), *499; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1845-1855, 18:34, National Archives Building, Washington, DC.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).