On the following day, March 10, 1849, he addressed to the Secretary of State his first formal recommendation.
It is remarkable from the fact that between the two Whig applicants whose papers are transmitted, he says rather less in favor of his own choice than of the opposing claimant.
Sir: There are several applicants for the office of United States Marshal for the District of Illinois, among the most prominent of whom are Benjamin Bond, Esq., of Carlyle, and — Thomas, Esq., of Galena.
Mr. Bond I know to be personally every way worthy of the office; and he is very numerously and most respectably recommended.
His papers I send to you; and I solicit for his claims a full and fair consideration.
Having said this much, I add that in my individual judgment the appointment of Mr. Thomas would be the better,
Your obedient servant, A. Lincoln.
(Indorsed on Mr. Bond's papers.)
In this and the accompanying envelop are the recommendations of about two hundred good cit