James M. McLean to Abraham Lincoln, 11 June 18491Lawrenceville 11 June 1849Frend Lincoln
When I recvd[received] yours yesterday2 I wrote you which you have recvd in a moment3 after receiving it in a hurry to get it into the mail which was just leaving, on reflection I thought perhaps I ought to have adressed my letter to the president and have written the enclosed4yours trulyJ. M. McLeanHon A Lincoln
2Abraham Lincoln sent McLean a letter June 3, 1849, requesting a letter of support for his candidacy for commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Originally, Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were vying to replace Richard M. Young as commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards. See the General Land Office Affair.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).