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25. Lincoln to Wait Talcott indicating appointment for Talcott

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25. Lincoln to Wait Talcott indicating appointment for Talcott


Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Wait Talcott indicating the President's intention to appoint Talcott a tax collector for the United States Department of Treasury in Illinois, and requesting good conduct toward Elihu Washburne. August 27, 1862. Talcott, a Rockford, Illinois merchant, had employed Lincoln as a lawyer in a prominent 1854 lawsuit. Washburne, a Galena, Illinois attorney active in Illinois Whig and Republican politics during the 1840s and 1850s, had played an important national role in Lincoln's presidential election campaign . Autograph Letter Signed.




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Executive Mansion, Washington Aug. 27, 1862 Hon. Wait Talcott My dear Sir[,] I have determined to appoint you collector. I now have a very special request to make of you, which is that you will make no war upon Mr. Washburn, who is also my friend of longer standing than yourself. I shall oblige if you can do something for him if occasion presents. Yours truly[,] A Lincoln