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Fitz Henry Warren to Abraham Lincoln, 21 March 18491
POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
APPOINTMENT OFFICE,
Sir:
David Phelpsthe Postmaster atLick CreekCounty ofSangamonState of Illinois, has resigned, and recommends the appointment of William Colburn as his successor.2
Before submitting this Case to the Postmaster General, I have to request the favor of any information you may possess, or be able conveniently to obtain, respecting it.
I have the honor to be,
Very respectfully, &c[etc].
Fitz Henry Warren
Second Assistant Postmaster General.
Hon. A. LincolnSpringfield Illinois
1Fitz Henry Warren signed his name to this form letter.
2William Colburn was David Phelps’ father-in-law. Phelps and his family moved to California sometime in 1849, but he was still listed as postmaster in the Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1849. Colburn did receive the appointment, and held the position until April 1855, when Lick Creek became Loami. Colburn became postmaster of Loami, holding the position from 1855 until well after the end of the Civil War.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 212, 565; 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), *479; 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), *537; 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), 508*; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1855 (Washington, DC: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1855), *337; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1857 (Washington, DC: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1857), *337; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1859 (Washington, DC: William A. Harris, 1859), 64*; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1861 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1862), 366*; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1863 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1864), 343; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1865 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1866), 64*.

Partially Printed Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).