John Bennett to Abraham Lincoln, 27 February 18491
Dear Lincoln
When I wrote you on the subject of office in Callifornia, I had made up my mind to go there— Since then I have become satisfied that it is not now, nor will not be for years to come, a place to take a family to, and will therefore relieve you of the trouble of presenting any claims that you might feel disposed to prefer on my account—2
Sprouse [& Co?], are very much elated at your success in the prosecution of their claims, and if you should ever be a candidate for President, you may calculate with certainty on the support of sprouse—he thinks you are the greatest man living—Old [Girard?] nor Aster either,3 [?] [?] half so[rich?] as sprouse does at this time—he will make money out of his patent no doubt, but he can't take care of it—4

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Very Respy[Respectfully]
yr obdt sevt[your obedient servant]
Jno. Bennet
1John Bennett wrote and signed the letter.
2Bennett’s letter to Abraham Lincoln requesting appointment in California has not been located. However, on January 15, 1849, Lincoln replied to Bennett, promising to do something to help if he had the opportunity.
3This is likely a reference to Stephen Girard and John Jacob Astor, two immensely wealthy American men.
4On March 13, 1849, William T. Sprouse received a patent for a farm implement he called the “Occidental Plow.”
Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 25 May 1850, 3:1.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).