Chicago July 29th 1861.
Hon: Richd Yates Gov: of Illinois
Dear Sir I am just from Washington, where I was sent by the City of Rock Island to advocate the establishment of a Material Armory at Rock Island.
At Washington, on the 23rd, I presented the enclosed papers to the Sec: of War, S.P. Chase. Sec: of the Treasury, is my personal friend who made his endorsement in the papers, marked No 1.
I was accompanied to the Sec: of War's Office by officers of the army, my old friends, former companions. He said he would give me a commission, if it was in his power, to offer me one suitable to my position; and after consultation, recommended
me to apply to you for the command of one of the new Regiments to be raised in Illinois, or for a vacancy, if one should occur, in one already raised.
My friends & relative, Hon O. H. Browning gave me the enclosed letter to you.
I would have tried to have entered the service sooner, but for the calamity of our Banks which involved me in troubles that I am just getting retired from
I go to Rock Island to day, where I will hope to have an early [answer?].
I will visit you at Springfield, if you suggest it.
I am, very respectfully Your Obt. Svt. N.B. Buford