Joseph J. Errett to Abraham Lincoln, 13 February 18491
Hon: A. LincolnDear Sir
I received your kind favor for which I feel under obligations, and more so as you have intimated a willingness to aid me in my object.2 I enclose a reccommendation written by T. M. Allen Esqr[Esquire] one of the most prominent men of our state, to which a number of the citizens of this county have added their names, as also our mutual friend D. P. Henderson. I also enclose a reccommendation from the clerk of our county court.3 I was advised that it was unnecessary to send on a great list of names.– Would I be asking too much to request of you to file them in the proper department, at the proper time? I presume upon your kindness in making this request. I would also ask respectfully, for any other aid you ^can^ may give me; for which I shall ever cherish the most grateful feelings. If not incompatible with your engagements I should like to hear from you and know what prospect of success I may have with sentiments of respect
Your Obedient ServantJ J Errett
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FREE
PALMYRA Mo[Missouri]
Feb[February] 14
Hon: A. Lincoln. M. C.[Member Congress] Washington CtyD.C.4
1Errett wrote the letter in its entirety, including the address on page two.
2Lincoln’s “kind favor” to Errett has not been located.
3Neither of these recommendations have been located and did not accompany the letter when it was microfilmed.
4Errett did not specify the job he was seeking; his name does not appear in the official registers of the officers and agents of the government for 1849, 1851, and 1853, so apparently he did not receive an appointment.
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); 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); 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).

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), 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,