Dec. 31, 1860
Hon. Simon Cameron
My dear Sir:
I think fit to notify you now, that by your permission, I shall, at the proper time, nominate you to the U.S. Senate, for confirmation as Secretary of the Treasury, or as Secretary of War – which of the two, I have not yet definitely decided. Please answer at your own earliest convenience.
Your Obt. Servt.
SOURCE: Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 4, p. 168