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Nathan K. Hall to Abraham Lincoln, 13 June 18491
My dear Sir,
Yours of the 5th inst. was recd[received] this morning.2
I think I gave last winter to Mr. Butterfield of Chicago a letter recommending him for some place– it may have been Comr[Commissioner] of the G. L. Office for which I understood he is a candidate– and I cannot therefore consistently write for you such a letter as you desire.3
I have known Mr Butterfield for many years & have a high opinion of his competency & should hate therefore to do any thing
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which might seem to be opposed to the letter I gave him last winter4
In great haste
Very truly Yours
N. K. HallThe Hon A. LincolnWashn
1Nathan K. Hall wrote and signed this letter.
2Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Hall has not been located.
3In early June 1849, 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 made a similar request of Hall.
4Lincoln’s response to this letter, if he wrote one, has not been located. Hall addressed Lincoln at Washington, DC, because Lincoln had decided to travel to the nation’s capital to personally lobby for appointment as commissioner. He left Springfield on June 10 and arrived in Washington on or before June 19. Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the appointment; the job went to Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair.
The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 10 June 1849, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1849-06-10; 19 June 1849, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1849-06-19.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).