William H. Collins to Richard Yates

Title

William H. Collins to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-07-31

Rights

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

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

500605

Transcription

Office of the Jacksonville Journal,

Jacksonville, Ill., July 31st 1861

Gov. R. Yates

Dear Sir:

I am at home today after a visit of several days at LaSalle, and take the first opportunity to write you of a desire which I have for some time ardently cherished, but have not hinted because I have known there was no opening. My whole thought and heart is in the war, and I would like to go with a regiment as chaplain. I know that the Colonels have the appointment of these officials, but some of my friends suggest to me that your endorsement or


suggestion would go a great ways. If I know my own heart I am not prompted by any other motives than a desire to serve my country and make myself useful to the troops in a truly benevolent capacity. I do not thus trespass upon your attention unmindful of the delicate nature of the task. If you could do anything to further my desire, I should remember it gratefully and reciprocate the service in every way possible.

Yours truly

Wm H. Collins

P.S. I can furnish any testimonials which may be desired.

W. H. Collins

Application for Chaplain

Ansd

File

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

2

Citation

“William H. Collins to Richard Yates,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed October 15, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1604.