John Wilson to Richard Yates

Title

John Wilson to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-06-04

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Language

en

Identifier

500348

Transcription

Private

Chicago, June 4th 1861

My Dear Sir,

My son, David Russell Wilson, as soon as the call was made, volunteered in Compy A. Chicago Light Artillery, and was marched the next day to Cairo, where his company is now stationed. At the time, he had the assurance of a place in the Post Office here, but patriotism prevailed; & he promptly tendered his services. He is a good scholar, active, energetic, enthusiastic; and of very good address; and he thinks, and so do I, that he might render more valuable services if he was placed in a position where he could do so; and where he would be in the way of promotion. My four sons & myself, labored hard for Lincoln; and this is the only one for whom I have asked position; and I am more desirous that he should be provided for than any other thing in life. He is every way worthy, and I will guaranty, will render good & efficient service in any position in which he may be placed. Will you, then, my dear Sir, do me the special, personal favor, to give him an office in the Quarter master's Department; or if that cannot be done; will you give him an appointment on your Staff; or intercede for an appointment for him on the Staff of Genl Prentiss, Col Oglesby, or one of the Field Officers. I earnestly request this, as a personal, special favor, which I shall esteem most highly, as long as I live; and I will guaranty, he will discharge the duties, with credit.

Truly Your friend,

John Wilson

His Excellency R. Yates

Gov of Illinois.


John Willson

asking appointment for his son -

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

2

Citation

“John Wilson to Richard Yates,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed June 24, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1323.