Abraham Lincoln to John M. Clayton

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Washington, June 23. 1849 Hon: J.M. Clayton Dear Sir, My friend Martin P. Sweet will probably be an applicant for some diplomatic appointment. A direct recommendation from me would be in conflict, as I think, with at least one recommendation I have already made, and might be excepted to by other aspirants in that portion of our state where I reside. After saying so much, it affords me great pleasure to bear testimony in behalf of Mr. Sweets high merits intellectually, morrally and politically; and to repeat, what I have so often said, that some encouragement should be given to the North Western District of Illinois. I have not any doubt that in that District Mr. Sweet is the favorite, for any appointment which may be given- Your Obedient Servant A. Lincoln