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Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton, 7 December 18491
Hon: J. M. ClaytonSecretary of State:Dear Sir:
I am not personally acquainted with Dr E. A. Guilbert, recommended in the foregoing letters;2 but with the writers of the letters I am well acquainted– J. D. Caton, is of the Democratic faith, a judge of our Supreme Court, and every way a worthy gentleman; T. L. Dickey, is a good and true whig, a judge of one of our circuit courts, and a most reliable man– I am entirely willing to endorse their statements– I doubt not, Dr Guilbert is worthy of all they say in his behalf–
Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]A. Lincoln3
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Hon. Jno. M. Clayton–Sec.[Secretary] of stateWashington
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Secy[Secretary] Legation Indpt[Independent]
DrE. Guisber recommended for appointment
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed this letter.
2Lincoln endorsed two letters of recommendation, one from Judge John D. Caton, and one from Theophilus L. Dickey.
3Edward A. Guilbert does not appear in the official registers of the officers and agents of the federal government for 1849, 1851, and 1853, so apparently he did not receive an appointment.
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); 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); 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).

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.