Letter to the Secretary of the Interior
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, April 7, 1849.
Hon. Secretary of the Home Department.
Dear Sir: I recommend that William Butler be appointed Pension Agent for the Illinois agency, when the place shall be vacant. Mr. Hurst, the present incumbent, I believe has performed the duties very well. He is a decided partizan, and, I believe, expects to be removed. Whether he shall, I submit to the Department. This office is not confined to my district, but pertains to the whole State; so that Colonel Baker has an equal right with myself to be heard concerning it.
However, the office is located here; and I think it is not probable that any one would desire to remove from a distance to take it.
Your obedient servant,