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endorsement of Dr. William Rabi by Stanford and Ira P. Rankin 1861 April 5; Stanford's list of candidates for federal appointments 1861 [?] April; letter of introduction for Huntington 1861 Nov 29; would like to be consulted over appointment of Circuit Judge for California 1862 Feb 25; letter of introduction for S. B. Bell 1862 June 25; railroad business 1862 Oct 1; appointment of district judge for territory of Nevada 1862 Sep 10



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P.O. George Rowl[ows?]} Col. L U. [Hobb?] } Sacremento

Monterey Col. Antonio M. [Pico?] Collector - John P. Porter

[Man?] Island Civil Engineer -- Jame H. [Houghton?]

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Washington Apr 5 1861

To the

President

Sir:

Will you permit me to say in this manner a few words which I might find it difficult to get an opportunity to say to you in person? You have had some means of becoming acquainted with both the virtues and peculiarities of Dr William Rabe - they are still better known to me, and to much of California.

I need not say that he is a very staunch and reliable Republican - that fact is patent to all who have met him at all; but I can say with truth that in the last campaign he worked for the cause with a zeal and constancy without parallel among us. For many months he gave his entire time as secretary of the State Central Committee, to the cause, and contributed very largely of his means. It is no flattery to him to say that our success in the campaign was due very largely to his vigorous efforts

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In the distribution of the federal patronages he desires the San Francisco Post Office — not so much on account of its emoluments, but as a gratifying recognition by the administration, of his services. He failed in his application for the Post Office, and it is not for me to question the propriety of your decisions.

It would however afford me and multitudes of the Doctors friends very great pleasure if you could still give him a respectable position worthy of his status in the party: and it occurs to me that he would fill admirably the position of Marshall for the Northern District. He is energetic, courageous, and honest: precisely those traits of character which is in excess might in your mind excite doubt as to his fitness for the Post Office, are well suited to the position of Marshall, and particularly if on the other side we should have troubled times. No candidate for the latter place has party claims comparable to the Doctor’s and I hope therefore you may be inclining to bestow it on him. With great respect

Ira P. Rankin

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I most cordially endorse all Mr Rankin has said of Dr Rabi. His failure to receive an honorable appointment will disappoint and mortify many of those who have been the main supports of the Republican cause in Cal. An honorable appointment is due to Dr Rabi if to any Californian. For the post of Marshall he has in my opinion few equals in fitness -

Respectfully

Leland Stanford

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