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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1849
|Abraham Lincoln to Elisha Embree regarding the General Land Office
|25 May 1849
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|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.
|Politics Land Transaction Office Seeker Letter of Introduction or Recommendation President
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Embree, Elisha (1801-1863) Ewing, Thomas (1789-1871) Butterfield, Justin (1790-1855)
|Government & Politics; The Presidency
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859