Letter to Abraham Lincoln from S.L. Lewis
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Washington D.C. March 22, 1861
To his Excellency
The President of the United States
Permit me if you please, though a stranger personally, yet as an old citizen of this city to say a few words in advocacy of the appointment of Col. Ward K. Sammon to the U.S. Marshalship of this District, an important appointment, in which the President and his family, as well as the citizens have a deep interest, arising from the official relations and duties therof. â Having been associated with Col. Sammon as aids of the U.S. Marshal in the Inaugural Ceremonies of that 4th of March, I am hence enabled to say with Confidence, that he would make one of the best U.S. Marshals that has ever been appointed in this District by any administration, and I have been personally and intimately acquainted with all those who have held this position for the last twenty years â His having become but recently a citizen of this District cannot be properly regarded as an objection, as the appointment has not always been restricted to the citizens thereof, as the appointments of Ex. Governor Sprigg of Maryland, and General Wallace of Virginia, by former administrations, would clearly show.
Col. Sammonâs appointment would not only be very popular with a large majority of the citizens of this district, without distinction of party, but having been raised a Virginian, it would be held by Virginia [and] Maryland, and other conservative states, as a harbinger of peace and conciliation, and a guarantee of the consummation of the Inaugural address.
I have the honor to be Sir, Most Respectfully
Your Excellencyâs Obt Servt.
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