Fitz Henry Warren to Abraham Lincoln, 11 May 18491
POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.May 111849.Sir:
I have the honor to inform you, that the Postmaster General has appointedDavid P. JenkinsPostmaster atHennepin in the State ofIllinois in place of Eli B. Ames— Removed.2I am, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,Fitz Henry Warren
Second Assistant Postmaster General.To the HonorableA. LincolnSpringfield
2In February 1848, Andrew Wardlaw wrote Abraham Lincoln recommending David P. Jenkins to replace Eli B. Ames if he should be removed. Supporters of Jenkins circulated a petition on his behalf and sent it to Lincoln, requesting that Lincoln submit it to the Post Office Department. Jenkins wrote Lincoln on May 20 asking what, if anything, Lincoln had done with the petition. Neither the petition nor Lincoln’s response, if he penned one, has been located.
Jenkins would remain postmaster of Hennepin until October 1852.
Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971 , NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1845-1855, 18:162, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; 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), 476*; 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), 534*.
Partially Printed Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).