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Friday, May 18, 1849.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to Duff Green protesting against Butterfield's appointment. "In the great contest of /40 he was not seen or heard of; but when the victory came, three or four old drones, including him, got all the valuable offices. . . . Try to defeat B. and in doing so, use Mr. Edwards, J. L. D. Morrison, or myself, which ever you can to best advantage." Abraham Lincoln to Duff Green, 18 May 1849, CW, 2:49-50.