J. Young Scammon to Abraham Lincoln, 17 February 18491My dear Lincoln:
Our old friend John H. Kinzie is a candidate for the Receiver’s Office here. You know him to have been at all times one of us, active, energetic, and useful.
He has stood by us through evil and good report; sustained us with time, money, and character.
He has always had the confidence of our friends here; and his appointment would be highly satisfactory.
I need not say more to you, on the subject. Should you feel disposed to aid him, your assistance will be well applied, and thankfully received.I am, yours very truly,J. Young Scammon.Chicago, Feb, 17, 1849.Hon. A. Lincoln,Washington City, D.C.2
Feb.[February] 17, 1849 From J. Young Scammon to Hon. A. Lincoln.
1J. Young Scammon wrote the body of the letter in its entirety. John H. Kinzie wrote and initialed the docketing on page two.
2Kinzie received the appointment as receiver of the Chicago branch of the General Land Office, which became part of the new Department of the Interior in 1849. He held that post until 1853.
Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1849 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1849), 137; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1851 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1851), 141; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1853 (Washington, DC: Robert Armstrong, 1853), 139.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Box 250, RG 48, Entry 15: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1833-1964, Divisional Records, 1843-1943, Records of the Appointments Division, 1817-1922, Field Office Appointment Papers, NACP