05. Lincoln to U.S Postmaster General Montgomery Blair on postmaster appointment

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05. Lincoln to U.S Postmaster General Montgomery Blair on postmaster appointment


United States. Postmaster General; Postal Service--Ohio--Cleveland--Postmasters--Selection and appointment; Patronage, political--United States; Blair, Montgomery, 1813-1883


Letter from Abraham Lincoln to U.S. Postmaster General Montgomery Blair regarding appointment of Edwin Cowles as postmaster in Cleveland, Ohio. March 12, 1861. Notwithstanding the crisis associated with southern secession then gripping the nation, Lincoln devoted extensive time and energy to routine patronage appointments in the weeks surrounding his March 4, 1861 inauguration. Autograph Letter Signed: Photostat.




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Hon. Post-Master General Executive Mansion. March 12. 1861 My dear Sir I understand that the outgoing and incoming Representatives for the Cleveland District, unite in recommending Edwin Cowles for P.M. in that City; that Senator Wade has considered the case & declines to interfere; & that no other M.C. interferes. Under these circumstances, if correct, I think Mr. Cowles better be appointed. Yours truly A Lincoln