Squire W. D. Chace to Abraham Lincoln, 4 March 1849Washington March 4 1849Dear Sir,
You being one of our representatives in the national Congress subjects you to much trouble no doubt for which you receive but slight benefit & therefore, this will add but one to the many epistles of the character suggested by the above remarks— I wish then to say I have been & prepared a location for myself in Arkansas at Helena to which place I shall remove in a few days— & I learn from our mutual friend Alfred Philips that he wishes to go & asks you to interest yourself for his appt[appointment] to the receiver[']s office at Batesville & the object of this is chiefly to say, that such an appt would be much appreciated by his friends & especially by me— I think that a few good & tried Whigs might at the present crisis revolutionize that state for reasons apparent no doubt to you— & it now occurs to me that if the like appt. may be changed in Helena & you can confer it on your humble servant, (any refferences can be given which are necessary) & he would be much obliged. Any thing of the kind you may do for meYours Respcty[Respectfully]S W D Chace1Hon A. Lincoln
<Page 2>in any part of our dominions will be acceptable— I have never before been in a position that would permit my looking for or receiving any office from any quarter, but as I have now ceased to travel, & am located & practicing Physic, which would not conflict with any service which I could render to my country & make (of course) profitable to myself—at any rate whether my friend Philips succeeds or not (& let it be understood I wish not to be in his way) or whether there is any appt for me, or not, let us have in Arkansas, some choice souls & as in duty bound, we will (not always for office) forever pray
1Neither Squire W. D. Chace nor Alfred Philips received an appointment. As of September 30, 1849, William S. Hynson was receiver in Batesville, and William H. Ringo held the position at Helena. In 1851, Charles F. M. Noland was receiver in Batesville, and William H. Ringo retained the job in Helena.
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; 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), 142.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).