Clinton June 19th 1861
Gov. Rich Yates
After my compliment I would ask a favour of your Excellency for a pass to Cairo, as I think the chances are good for me to obtain a place in the Army and my purse is to short to reach them as I have been informed that you could pass. Persons.
Poor people has poor ways as I have spent all my means to get a Situation I ask of those who has the power which has not been much Extend to a Poor Mechanic who has to Labour.