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Collection Reference Number GLC03190
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1849 
Title Abraham Lincoln to James Berdan regarding the General Land Office
Date 22 July 1849
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Berdan, James  
Document Type Correspondence; Land transaction document
Content Description Relates that he recently received a letter from the Clerk to the General Land Office John Addison indicating that their commissioner Justin Butterfield considers Berdan eligible to gain an appointment to the Office. States that if Berdan indeed desires such an appointment, their friendship could either "help or hurt" him, depending on Butterfield's views of Lincoln. Offers his assistance to Berdan in obtaining an appointment to the Land Office. Free frank by Lincoln.
Subjects President  Office Seeker  Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  Government and Civics  Land Transaction  Westward Expansion  Immigration and Migration  Politics  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Berdan, James (fl. 1849)  Butterfield, Justin (1790-1855)  
Place written Springfield, Illinois
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics; Westward Expansion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information The General Land Office was created by Congress in 1812 as a way of surveying the vast amount of land in America which had not yet been charted.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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