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Friday, January 5, 1849.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln writes to Walter Davis of Springfield: "When I last saw you I said, that if the distribution of the offices should fall into my hands, you should have something; and I now say as much, but can say no more." In letter to Herndon he denies that he has promised Davis post office, but reiterates his intention to help him obtain "something" if he can. Congressman Lincoln writes to C. U. Schlater in response to Schlater's request for Lincoln's "signature with a sentiment." Lincoln writes, "I am not a very sentimental man; and the best sentiment I can think of is, if you collect the signatures of all persons who are no less distinguished than I, you will have a very undistinguished mass of names." Abraham Lincoln to Walter Davis, 5 January 1849, CW, 2:18; Abraham Lincoln to William H. Herndon, 5 January 1849, CW, 2:18-19; Abraham Lincoln to C. U. Schlater, 5 January 1849, CW, 2:19.