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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1849
|Abraham Lincoln to James Berdan regarding the General Land Office
|22 July 1849
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|Correspondence; Land transaction document
|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.
|President Office Seeker Letter of Introduction or Recommendation Government and Civics Land Transaction Westward Expansion Immigration and Migration Politics
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Berdan, James (fl. 1849) Butterfield, Justin (1790-1855)
|The Presidency; Government & Politics; Westward Expansion
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859