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John H. Morrison to Abraham Lincoln, 26 April 18491
Hon. A LincolnDear Sir,
After I parted from you I spent a few days with my friends in Pa. and did not reach home until the 1st day of this Month.2
I visited Tremont during the sitting of the Circuit Court and had anticipated the pleasure of meeting you but was disappointed.3
Enclosed please find $20. in payt[payment] of that Amt.[Amount] which you were so Kind as to advance to me in Washington. Accept of my gratitude for the accommodation.
Respectfully Yours &c[etc]John H. Morrison
1John H. Morrison wrote and signed this letter.
2Morrison was eager for an appointment to a federal office, and he traveled to Washington, DC, in late February or early March 1849, to promote his claim. On March 11, 1849, Lincoln wrote letters to Secretary of State John M. Clayton, Secretary of War George W. Crawford, and other cabinet members on Morrison’s behalf.
3The spring session of the Tazewell County Circuit Court began on April 4, 1849.
“An Act Fixing the Times of Holding Courts in the Eighth Judicial Circuit,” 20 January 1849, Laws of Illinois (1849), 60.

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