Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton, 12 March 18491
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Rec'd[Received] 13 March.
Hon: Secretary of State:Sir:
John C. Richardson, of Boonville, Mo– is, or will be an applicant for U.S. Marshall in that state– He is a family relative of mine, and has desired me to aid him in the matter– That being an office not in my own state, I feel I have no right to interfere, farther than to say he is a most worthy and competent man, to fill that or any such office, and that, if without injustice to those whom it particularly concerns, he can receive it, I shall be gratified–2
Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]A. Lincoln.

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Marshal Missouri
Richardson John C.
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J. C. Richardson
Recommended by Hon A. Lincoln
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter.
2John C. Richardson did not receive the appointment, the job going instead to John W. Twichell.
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.

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.