Thomas S. Mather to Abraham Lincoln, 23 July 18581
Hon A LincolnChicagoDear Sir
Gen John Cook has tendered his resignation as Quartermaster General of the State and some of my friends have advised me to become an applicant for the office2 I should be happy to have you reccommend me to the Governor as a suitable person for that office and as he may desire to make an appointment very soon I would like to have you write him upon the receipt for this3 Messrs[Messieurs] Hatch Dubois Miller Butler Herndon Baker and Jayne join in the reccommendation
Truly YoursT S Mather

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SPRINGFIELD Ill.[Illinois]
JUL[JULY] 2[3?] 1858
Hon A LincolnTremont HouseChicago
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T. Mather4
1Thomas S. Mather wrote and signed this letter, including the name and address on the envelope.
2John Cook resigned his position as Quartermaster General of Illinois in 1858 to organize an independent military company called the Springfield Zouave Grays and to lead it as captain. Mather did not replace Cook; Governor William H. Bissell selected Josiah Francis as Quartermaster General in Cook's stead. Bissell appointed Mather as Adjutant General of the State of Illinois on October 28, 1858, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William C. Kinney.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 436; Chicago Daily Press and Tribune (IL), 11 September 1858, 1:1; Biennial Report of the Adjutant General of Illinois to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief. 1889 and 1890 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1891), 227; The Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 10 November 1858, 1:2; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 10 December 1857, 2:2.
3There is no record that Abraham Lincoln wrote to Governor Bissell regarding Mather’s interest in the role of quartermaster general.
4Lincoln wrote this docketing.

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