Jesse K. Dubois to Abraham Lincoln, 11 June 18491June 11t 1849Dear Lincoln
On yesterday I sent you my private letter to Genl Taylor and whilst I was writing it F. A. Thomas Esq[Esquire] Clerk of our court, scratched off a communication to the President and I handed it to our leading whig friends that I saw, and If I had time I could get every whig and two thirds of the Loco’s in our county to sign it.2 I sent a messenger on yesterday eving to Grass, and I have no doubt but what he will send on his mite.3Your FriendJesse K. Dubois
2Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were vying to become commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Abraham Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards. In early June 1849, Lincoln sent a series of letters to numerous people requesting letters in support of his candidacy. Although no such letter from Lincoln to Dubois has been located, it is likely Lincoln made a similar request of him since Dubois states that he has written President Zachary Taylor and is working to procure signatures on another letter of support. Thomas Ewing was the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, but Taylor was ultimately responsible for appointing the commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. See the General Land Office Affair.
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3Dubois wrote Lincoln another letter June 24, 1849, repeating his hope that Lincoln would become commissioner. Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the appointment; the job went to Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).