Abraham Lincoln to David Rumsey, 5 June 18491
Dear Sir
Would you as soon I should have the Genl Land Office as any other Illinoian?2 If you would, write me to that effect at Washington where I shall be soon–3 No time to loose–4
Yours in hasteA. Lincoln

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A Lincoln
June 5, 1849
to D. Rumsey
2Justin H. Butterfield, James L. D. Morrison, and Cyrus Edwards were vying to become commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office. Lincoln entered the competition after learning that Butterfield was favored over Morrison and Edwards. See the General Land Office Affair.
3As competition for the job intensified, William H. Henderson and Josiah M. Lucas, Lincoln supporters living in Washington, DC, urged Lincoln to come to the nation’s capital to personally lobby for the position. On June 9, Butterfield wrote Lincoln suggesting that neither go to Washington. Lincoln did not respond to this suggestion, and on June 10, both set out for the capital. Lincoln arrived on or before June 19.
4David Rumsey replied to Lincoln on June 18, 1849. Ultimately, neither Morrison, Edwards, nor Lincoln received the appointment; the job went to Butterfield instead. See the General Land Office Affair.

Handwritten Transcription, 2 page(s), Private Collection, Blaine V. Houmes (Cedar Rapids, IA).