The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 by Abraham Lincoln
Another Political Patronage Reference
TO EDWARD G. MINER.
SPRINGFIELD, Feb.19, 1858.
Mr. G. A. Sutton is an applicant for superintendent of the addition of the Insane Asylum, and I understand it partly depends on you whether he gets it.
Sutton is my fellow-townsman and friend, and I therefore wish to say for him that he is a man of sterling integrity and as a master mechanic and builder not surpassed by any in our city, or any I have known anywhere, as far as I can judge. I hope you will consider me as being really interested for Mr. Sutton and not as writing merely to relieve myself of importunity. Please show this to Col. William Ross and let him consider it as much intended for him as for yourself.
Your friend as ever,