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Collection Reference Number GLC05276
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1849 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Elisha Embree regarding the General Land Office
Date 25 May 1849
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Embree, Elisha  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes that he has heard that the General Land Office is going to be given to Illinois and that Thomas Ewing, the Secretary of the Interior, wants Justin Butterfield to be appointed. Lincoln advises that this would be a great mistake. "I give you my word, the appointment of Mr. B will be an egregious political blunder. It will give offense to the whole whig party here, and be worse than a dead loss to the administration of so much patronage." Lincoln then recommends himself or his candidate for the position. Lincoln was not granted the position.
Subjects Politics  Land Transaction  Office Seeker  Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  President  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Embree, Elisha (1801-1863)  Ewing, Thomas (1789-1871)  Butterfield, Justin (1790-1855)  
Place written Springfield, Illinois
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Elisha Embree and Lincoln both served in the Thirtieth Congress as Whig Representatives from Illinois. Thomas Ewing was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as the first Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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