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Richard T. Gill and Littleton T. Garth to Abraham Lincoln, 19 April 18491
Dear Sir
I Have Learnt you wrote a letter Here in regard To, A post master at This place2There Has been some Figuring Here between Doct Stockwell & David Roberts. The First is an avowed abolitionist, and The second is Too inconviently Situated– Now Sir if our whig Friends are To Have The Benefit of The office, I would suggest the name of John H. Ball who is A good whig and would give general Satisfaction in This place,, It is rumored That Doct Shaw wants it also. M Shaw[,] Stockwell[,] Wright[,] & Kellogg was the only men That refused To support Genl Taylor, I Do Think it injustice To give any office To either of Them––;3
Ball is a good whig and a business man–
Mr Jones instead of consulting with His whig Friends Handed The Letter over To Kellogg Brother inlaw To Stockwell–
yours TrulyR T GillL. T Garth4
1Richard T. Gill wrote this letter and signed his name. Littleton T. Garth signed his own name.
2Abraham Lincoln wrote John A. Jones on April 13, but the letter has not been located.
3Reference to their refusal to vote for Zachary Taylor in the presidential election of 1848.
4Lincoln received numerous letters recommending John H. Ball for postmaster. Lincoln preferred David Roberts and recommended him for the position. Roberts received the appointment in May 1849 and held the job until 1860.
Petition of Richard T. Gill and Others to Abraham Lincoln; William D. Briggs to Abraham Lincoln; Mary L. Perkins to Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln to William D. Briggs; Fitz Henry Warren to Abraham Lincoln; Benjamin F. James to Abraham Lincoln; 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), *489; 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), 550*; 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), *520; 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), 346*; 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), 346*; 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), 74*; 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), 376*.

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