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James Wightman and others to Abraham Lincoln and Edward D. Baker, 6 February 18491
Messrs[Messieurs] Lincoln & BakerGent.[Gentleman]
As our townsman B Bond Esq[Esquire] is an applicant for U.S. Marshall of Illinois, it may be well for us to say that his appointment would give general satisfaction to whigs & Democrats in this section of the State.
We consider it unnecessary for us to speak of Mr Bonds qualifications, or merits– You both Know him well, and we can very truly say that it is our firm conviction that he is the first choice of the people for said office
Yrs[yours] truly
James Wightman
S. Webster J. G. Sanborn
Zophar Case
Elias S Dennis
Nicholas Loughry
C. N. Halstead
John J Sloan2
Warner Sanks3
Thos S. Smith
JW. C. Long ^11^
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Marshal Illinois.
1849.
Bond Benjamin.
Recommended by 11. Citizens of Carlyle Illinois–
1James Wightman wrote the text of the petition and signed his name. The other signers signed their own names.
2Could not be positively identified.
3Could not be positively identified.
4Benjamin Bond received the appointment and held the job until 1853. In March 1849, Abraham 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 Document Signed, 2 page(s), RG 59, Entry 760: Appointment Records, Applications and Recommendations for Office, Applications and Recommendations for Public Office, 1797-1901, NACP