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Benjamin F. James to Abraham Lincoln, 12 June 18491
Dear Lincoln
The recommendations from Pekin go to you by this mail, I hope they will prove sufficient for the purpose,2 I see many of our good Whigs upon it, Baker [indited?] the [Captian?], and in the latter part of it, as you will see gives Butterfield a centre shot, this may be of doubtful policy, and thinking so avoided it in the one I wrote.3 I trust to hear ere many days that you are snugly ensconced in your chair, and hope you will inform me betimes of the result– and if successful is it your intention to take your family on this season–4
Truly YoursBen. F. James
1Benjamin F. James wrote and signed this letter.
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, Lincoln requested James’ assistance in gathering letters of recommendation, although no letter from Lincoln to James with such a request has been located.
3Neither Edward D. Baker’s nor James’ letters of recommendation have been located.
4Lincoln’s response to this letter, if he wrote one, has not been located. 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).