John W. Waughop to Edward D. Baker and Abraham Lincoln, 15 February 18491Chicago Feb. 15th 1849Col.[Colonel] E. D. Baker &Honl[Honorable]A. Lincoln Gentlemen
Inclosed you will find a petition.2 It is not as long perhaps as some that will be presented. I might have had a longer one if I had thought it necessary after what you already have. I could have presented more names that you would ^have^ recognized if I had commenced a little sooner to circulate. With one or two exceptions all the names on my petition are Whigs and but one of them had signed any other petition for the same office. Numerous Gentlemen expressed a regret that they did not know that I was a candidate I leave the matter with you. Other candidates will have personal friends to advocate their claims which will perhaps give them an advantage, unless I can be favoured with your influence.
Do the best you can for me and it will be remembered with the profoundest gratitude.I am Dear sirs, very Respectfully
Your Obt servt[Obedient servant]John W. WaughopCol E. D. Baker & Honl A Lincoln
<Page 2>Col. E. D Baker &Honl A LincolnWashingtonCity3
2Three petitions were found filed next to this document, but it was unclear from the content as to which of these unaddressed petitions might have originally been enclosed, so the actual petition has not been identified.
3Waughop was a candidate for the position of collector of customs for the Port of Chicago. Waughop did not get the appointment; Jacob Russell received the job, holding the position until 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), 107; 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), 110; 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), 125.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Box 57, RG 56, Entry 247: Records of the Division of Appointments, Records Relating to Customs Service Appointments, Applications for Appointments as Customs Service Officers, NACP