Joseph T. Eccles to Abraham Lincoln, 8 February 18491
Hon A. Lincoln,
I understand Andrew McCallan Esqr[Esquire] desires the appointment of Marshall to California– May I request your kind aid in his behalf– He is one of the few of our friends who has never truckled to the powers of Locofocoism, even in Egypt–,2 and I should be pleased to hear of his success–
RespectfullyJ. T. Eccles3

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A McCallan Recommended by J. T. Eccles
1Eccles wrote the letter in its entirety. Different color ink was used throughout.
2“Egypt” and “Little Egypt” were and are popular nicknames for southern Illinois.
Richard J. Jensen, Illinois: A History (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981), 3; Edward Callary, Place Names of Illinois (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009), 106.
3McCallen did not become marshal of California; Lincoln and Edward D. Baker instead endorsed McCallen for the position of register of the General Land Office at Shawneetown. McCallen received the appointment and held the job from August 1849 to May 1853.
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), 135; 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), 139; 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), 138; John W. Norton to Abraham Lincoln; Arthur Arthur Charles Cole, ed., The Constitutional Debates of 1847 (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1919), 969.

Autograph Letter Signed , 2 page(s), Box 109, RG 48, Entry 15: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1833-1964, Divisional Records, 1843-1943, Records of the Appointments Division, 1817-1922, Field Office Appointment Papers, NACP