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Wednesday, April 25, 1849.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln, having learned that Justin Butterfield of Chicago is being considered for Land Office, writes to J. M. Lucas, of Jacksonville, clerk in Land Office in Washington: "He is my personal friend, and is qualified to do the duties of the office; but of the quite one hundred Illinoisians, equally well qualified, I do not know one with less claims to it." He writes to Philo H. Thompson of Pekin, for whom he recommended T. R. King for Land Office appointment. This is giving him trouble, for King has been attacked as gambler. Abraham Lincoln to Josiah M. Lucas, 25 April 1849, CW, 2:43-44; Abraham Lincoln to Philo H. Thompson, 25 April 1849, CW, 2:44.