David Rumsey to Abraham Lincoln, 18 June 18491Bath N.Y June 18, 49Dr[Dear] SirTruly YoursD RumseyHon A Lincoln
2This letter is a response to a request Abraham Lincoln made of Rumsey in a letter he wrote June 5, 1849, requesting Rumsey’s support of his candidacy for commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. 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. 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).