Anson G. Henry to Abraham Lincoln, 12 June 18491Springfield June 12th 1849Dear Lincoln
Williams & Bushnell arived last night– They both promised to write you, & will I presume, for they both agree with me that Butterfields appointment would be a great outrage upon the working men of the party–2Yours TrulyA. G. Henry
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. Lincoln summarized his objections to Butterfield’s appointment as commissioner in a May 16, 1849 letter to William B. Preston.
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 Henry has been located, it is likely Lincoln made a similar request of him. Henry wrote Lincoln several other letters on this topic. Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the appointment; the job went to Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair.
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Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).