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Fitz Henry Warren to Abraham Lincoln, 15 May 18491
POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
Appointment Office,
Sir:
I have the honor to inform you, that the Postmaster General has appointedJohn GridleyPostmaster atPekinin the State ofIllinoisin place ofDaniel M. Bailey– Removed2
I am, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Fitz Henry Warren
Second Assistant Postmaster General.
To the HonorableA. LincolnSpringfield,Illinois
1Fitz Henry Warren signed this form letter.
2Philo H. Thompson wrote Abraham Lincoln urging him to ask Postmaster General Jacob Collamer to remove Daniel M. Bailey and replace him with John Gridley. Lincoln responded to this letter sometime before April 23. Lincoln’s letter has not been located, but he apparently advised Thompson to circulate a petition on Gridley’s behalf. Thompson wrote Lincoln on April 23 that a petition supporting Gridley, addressed to Collamer, was in circulation in Pekin. Gridley would remain postmaster until April 1853.
Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1845-1855, 18:186, 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), *485; 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), 544*; 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), 514*.

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