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William W. Roman to Abraham Lincoln, 17 December 18481
Hon. A. LincolnM. C.[Member Congress] Dear Sir:
It is only through our solitary whig member in Congress that we can expect to be heard by the new administration that is soon to come in: and therefore you must expect to be harrassed by us without measure. I will however be brief in this note at least. We here, so far as I can get an expression of opinion, want our friend Benjn Bond Esq[Esquire] of Carlyle appointed Marshal of this State.2 Many applicants probably may be expected for that appt[appointment] and if a long list of names are necessary we can furnish them in his behalf. He is Capable; That is, he has the knowledge necessary– He is energetic and is Honest.
I can say no more than that his appointment would give satisfaction to the Whigs, and that the Locos could not complain of our putting in an incompetent officer.
Very Respectfully
yr Obt Sert[your Obedient Servant]
W. W. Roman
assistant Elector

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[docketing]
Marshal Illinois
Bond Benjn[Benjamin]
Recommended
1849.
[docketing]
No [10?]
Marshal—Illinois
1849.
Bond Benj[Benjamin]
recommended by W. W. Roman of Lebanon. Ill[Illinois]
[docketing]
entd
1Roman authored this letter in its entirety.
2Bond received the appointment and held the job until 1853. In March 1849, Lincoln wrote several letters soliciting government officials on Bond’s behalf, though he preferred that the appointment go to another.
Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton; Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton; Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton; Abraham Lincoln to John M. Johnson; 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), 247; 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), 267; 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), 259.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), RG 59, Entry 760: Appointment Records, Applications and Recommendations for Office, Applications and Recommendations for Public Office, 1797-1901, NACP