David Davis to Abraham Lincoln, 6 June 18491
Dear Lincoln
I recd[received] on yesterday a letter from Dr Henry. telling of the troubles about the Land Office– & that you had gone to Washington, & desiring me & any whigs. hereabouts to join in a letter, addressed to Genl Taylor3
I have written herewith a Letter. which I enclose to you– & if it Suits– & will do any good, of course deliver it–4
The appointment of old Butterfield. would be outrageous–
The party in this State– if such is the policy– is flat–
Is it not strange– that the voice of members of Congress from a State is not taken about appointments
Wishing you success5
Your friendDavid DavisEmerson signed the Letter with me– He was the only Whig Lawyer here out of Springfield– The untimely death of my poor friend Colton has overwhelmed me with grief–
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Taylorville Ills[Illinois]
June 6th
Hon A Lincoln– M.[Member] Congress.(now at) Washington CityD.C.
1David Davis wrote and signed this letter.
2"7" changed to "6".
3Davis references the contest to see who would replace Richard M. Young as commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were among the early contestants. Abraham Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards.
As competition for the job intensified, William H. Henderson and Josiah Lucas, Lincoln supporters living in Washington, DC, urged Lincoln to come to the nation’s capital to personally lobby for the position.
On June 9, Butterfield wrote Lincoln suggesting that neither go to Washington. Lincoln did not respond to this suggestion, and on June 10, both set out for the capital. Lincoln arrived on or before June 19. See the General Land Office Affair.
4Davis addressed his letter to President Zachary Taylor. Davis’ missive was not enclosed in this letter, and it has not been located.
5On June 14, Davis again wrote Lincoln in support of his candidacy. Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the appointment; the job went to Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair. On July 6, Lincoln wrote Davis expressing some of his feelings about the episode.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).