John H. Morrison to Abraham Lincoln, 11 June 18491Peoria 11th June '49Dear Sir
I am in this City on my return from Tazewell– I sent by Mr King (of Pekin) a letter to be mailed at Springld for you– That I addressed to the Secy of the Interior– You can you use your discretion in the use of this either.2 Don't let Mr. B. overreach you– He was here yesterday on his return from Springld[Springfield]3Yours trulyJ H Morrison
2In early June 1849, Abraham Lincoln sent a series of letters to numerous people requesting letters in support of his candidacy for commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Presumably, he made the same request of Morrison. Originally, Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were vying to replace Richard M. Young as commissioner. Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards. See the General Land Office Affair. No letter of reference from Morrison to Lincoln has been located. Morrison wrote Lincoln again June 14, 1849.
Abraham Lincoln to Josiah B. Herrick; Abraham Lincoln to James M. McLean; Abraham Lincoln to Robert C. Schenck; Abraham Lincoln to Joseph R. Underwood; Abraham Lincoln to William A. Minshall and Robert S. Blackwell; Abraham Lincoln to Willie P. Mangum; Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward; Abraham Lincoln to Duff Green; Abraham Lincoln to Unknown; Abraham Lincoln to David Rumsey; Abraham Lincoln to William Nelson; Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel Pope.
3Butterfield arrived in Springfield on June 5. On June 9, Butterfield corresponded with Lincoln regarding their mutual interest in the U.S. General Land Office--a letter to which Lincoln did not respond. Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the position. President Zachary Taylor appointed Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair.
Thomas Ewing, “Lincoln and the General Land Office, 1849,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 25 (October 1932), 140, 142-43; The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 9 June 1849, http://thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1849-06-09.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).