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William Duer to Abraham Lincoln, 15 June 18491
My dear Sir,
I received last night your letter of the 5th inst–2 Not being quite sure whether what you desired was a letter to the Sec[Secretary] of the proper department–3 have I got the right one?– or to yourself I send one of each4
Youservt &[Your servant etc]W. Duer
1William Duer wrote and signed this letter.
2Abraham Lincoln’s June 5, 1849 letter to Duer has not been located. In 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, he made a similar request of Duer.
3This is a reference to Thomas Ewing, who was secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the department which oversaw the U.S. General Land Office. President Zachary Taylor, however, was ultimately responsible for appointing the commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office.
4The enclosed letters Duer refers to have 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).