Nelson G. Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, 24 February 18491
Hon A LincolnDr[Dear] Sir
This will be handed you by Capt[Captain] John W Twichell of St Louis who visits Washington with a view of obtaining an appointment to one of the offices in the [former?] City— Capt T is a gentleman in whose integrity, those who know & have known him long & well place the highest & most perfect confidence and in his hands (let me say) that the President can safely place the most responsible trust Again I am glad to claim Capt T as my own friend and I with confidence ask of you—another friend—in his behalf such assistance as you may be enabled to render him. By so doing, you will confer a lasting obligation upon one who need not assure of his friendship for his friend Lincoln
yours trulyNelson G. Edwards
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Hon A LincolnWashington
D.C.
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No. 51
N. G. Edwards Esq[Esquire] to Hon. A. Lincoln
Says those who have known Capt. Twichell well & long place the highest confidence in his integrity—in whose hands the President may Safely place the most responsible trusts2
1Edwards wrote the entire body of the letter, including the address on the last sheet, which was folded to make an envelope.
2Twichell received appointment as U.S. marshal of the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis. He held that post until at least 1853.
Niles National Register (Philadelphia, PA), 13 June 1849, 1:1; American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the Year 1850 (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1849), 123; American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the Year 1853 (Boston: Little, Brown, 1853), 127.

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