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Abraham Lincoln writes to offer William Henry Seward the post of Secretary of State in his new cabinet

William Henry Seward
From Springfield, Abraham Lincoln wrote to William Henry Seward telling him that he intended to nominate him as Secretary of State in his new cabinet.  He noted that he had intended to do so since the day of his nomination in Chicago. Seward replied asking for time to consider on December 13, 1860 and formally accepted Lincoln's invitation on December 28, 1860. Seward served at State until March 1869.  (By John Osborne)    
Source Citation: 
Roy P.Basler, Marion Dolores Pratt, and Lloyd A. Dunlap, eds., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 9 vols. (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1953), 4: 148-149.