Bloomington July 30 1861
Hon Richard Yates,
E.N. Kirk Esq of Sterling has called on me on his way to Springfield stating that he has been chosen Colonel of a Regiment to be raised in his judicial district and is intending to apply to you to have his Reg. rec'd He also states that he knows you but slightly & has asked of me a letter,
I say nothing of him from a personal desire that he should be received what I state is from a knowledge of Mr Kirk and a desire to give efficiency to the service.
Mr Kirk enjoys the Confidence of all who know him in his section of the State
He is a man of Character Coolness and determination
It is Earnest Conviction that he would make an Excellent commander & that the good of the service requires his acceptance
Recommending E. N. Kirk as Colonel.