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Collection Reference Number GLC03189
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1849 
Title Abraham Lincoln to John Addison regarding the General Land Office
Date 22 July 1849
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Addison, John  
Document Type Correspondence; Land transaction document
Content Description Hopes that his writing on the "other half of the sheet" (not present) referred to is useful to Addison, Clerk of the General Land Office. Asks Addison to give Lucas (possibly Josiah Lucas, another clerk of the Land Office) his respects. Comments that he is glad Lucas has reached an understanding with the new commissioner, Justin Butterfield, who was appointed to the post instead of Lincoln. Asks if letters in his favor were sent to the Department and expresses that he would like to see them. Plans to notify James Berdan of "the matter of which [Addison speaks] concerning him," possibly an appointment to the Land Office. Free frank by Lincoln, as member of Congress, appears on verso.
Subjects President  Office Seeker  Government and Civics  Land Transaction  Westward Expansion  Immigration and Migration  Politics  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  John Addison (fl. 1849)  Lucas, Josiah (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 uncharted land in America.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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