Abraham Lincoln to James K. Polk, 17 September 18471
His Excellency the President of the United States.Dear Sir:
Mr E. B. Zabriskie, a nephew of the Captain of that name who fell at Buena Vista, and who has himself served a year as a volunteer in the War with Mexico, is an applicant for an appointment in the army– He is of good family and character; and should the appointment be conferred upon him, many persons, including myself, would be much gratified–2
Your Obt Servt[Obedient Servant]A. Lincoln

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A. Lincoln.
Sept. 17, 1847.
1Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the letter.
2Elias B. Zabriskie did not receive the appointment.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), Stephen A. Douglas Papers, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).