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Thursday, May 10, 1849.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to Thomas Ewing explaining that his letter of April 13, 1849, in which he requested that King's and Davis's recommendations be transposed, was written at request of friend who then attacked King's character in order to get appointment for himself. Lincoln defends King and asks that his recommendations stand as originally made. Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Ewing, 10 May 1849, CW, 2:46-47.