David M. Woodson to Abraham Lincoln, 11 February 18491
Hon, A LincolnDear Sir,
Our old friend Andrew McCallen of Hardin County writes me that he intends to apply for the office of Marshall for California. Should a bill pass organising a government there would it not be well to procure him if possible the office? Certainly no truer hearted friend or whig than McCallen can present an application for it. He has he informs me, been recommended by the Whig Members of the Legislature and I am sure that ^his^ appointment would give general satisfaction
I therefore take the liberty of recommending him and suggest that if it be not incompatable with a sense of duty, that you aid him in obtaining it.
Your friend trulyD. M. Woodson,2

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A McCallen strongly recommended by D M. Woodson
1Woodson wrote the letter in its entirety.
2McCallen 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 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