Springfield Ills. Jany 26. 1865
Hon Rich'd Yates
My Dear Sir
I expected to have a confiden-
tial talk with you before you left for
Washington but failed to get an
appointment to do so.
I have some anxiety about
the appointment of Dist. Attorney for
this Dis't - and intended to learn
your views in relation to it before you left.
I am decidedly for the continuation
of Mr Weldon in the office and trust
you are also. Mr Weldon has per-
formed his duties in the office most faith-
fully & I think is entitled under all the
circumstances to be retained.
He took no active part in our sen-
atorial contest - but I am sure that
he was friendly to you. He could have
[controled?] Dr Warren, the member from
his county agst you if he had desired
to do so, and the fact that Warren so
cheerfully voted for you is evidence
that he did not try.
I am anxious that Weldon shall
continue in his office & think the
interests of the Government
in his Dist requires it.
You may not feel under obligations
to take any active part in behalf
of Mr Weldon . if so, I hope you will
at least be willing to to be neutral
on the subject & let him & his friends
fight it out.
I write this letter to you without
any consultation with Mr Weldon
in reference to the matter, but for
the reason that I am personally
anxious that he shall be retained
in the office.
I am with great respect
S. M. Cullom
Hon S M Cullom
Wishes Weldon retained
U S Atty for the Southern
Dist Illinois. If you cannot be
actually for him, let him
& his friends fight it out.
He could have kept Dr
Warren from voting for
you if he had so desired