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Lincoln on the Frontier: Lincoln's Sum Book Page|Reading by Firelight|William Carpenter|Promissory Note
Appointment for William Carpenter Appointment for William Carpenter

During the Blackhawk War of 1832, Lincoln's ability to read and write made him an important figure within his militia company. In this appointment for William Carpenter to be made a paymaster, Lincoln wrote out the entire form and signed it on behalf of his commanding officer.