Sunday, December 29, 2013

Abraham Lincoln to Simon Cameron, January 11, 1862

Executive Mansion,
Washington, January 11, 1862.

Hon. Simon Cameron,
Secretary of War,

My dear Sir:

As you have, more than once, expressed a desire for a change of position, I can now gratify you, consistently with my view of the public interest. I therefore propose nominating you to the Senate, next Monday, as minister to Russia.

Very sincerely
Your friend

SOURCE: Roy P. Basler, Editor, The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 5, p. 96; A copy of this letter can be found in the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

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