Richard W. Thompson to Abraham Lincoln, 15 June 115 JuneDr[Dear] LincolnYrs[Yours]R W Thompson
2The letter from Abner T. Ellis that Thompson references was not enclosed and has not been located. However, it was most likely a letter of reference for Abraham Lincoln’s appointment as commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. In early June 1849, Lincoln sent a series of letters to numerous people requesting letters in support of his candidacy for commissioner.
Originally, only Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were vying to become commissioner. Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards. See the General Land Office Affair. In late May 1849, Lincoln wrote Thompson a letter on the topic of Butterfield winning the appointment.
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.
Autograph Document Signed, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).