Jacksonville Ills. January 26th 1865
Hon Richard Yates,
I this day take the
liberty of droping you a few lines, for the
purpose of asking you to assist me in receiving
a situation as Surgeon, in our Army: I have
made up my mind not to return back again
to California, but send on for my family, early
in the spring to come to this city, for the purpose
of educating my two daughters.
I am out of business
at this particular time, or at least not a sufficient
to justify me to lay still, and being informed that
I could get a situation, as Surgeon in Some one
of the General Hospitals, if I would accept.
I at once came to the conclusion, I would write
you for your aid and assistance in this matter.
I would like very much to be located, if convenient
at Memphis Tenn: in charge of one those Hospitals.
My experience in Hospital Treatment for the last
twelve years in the City of San Francisco, Cal'a
has been extensive, and for Reccommendation
I can give the following Gentlemen, Drs [C.?] M. Long
and English: (My preceptors.) of this place. Dr John T.
Cassell, and our friend Mr Martin H. Cassell
besides our old and venerable friend General A.
McDowell, Commander in chief, on the Pacific Shore
will attest them all with his autograph.
I feel it nothing more, than my duty, as
a loyal citizen of this State, and a member of
these United States, to lend what little ability I may
possess in the restoration of our brave and noble
Illinoisans: "God Grant," that this day is not far
distant, when all will be bound together, again, as
one universal family, and a loving union people.
I was up to Springfield to see you, upon
this business, but you was so much engaged at
the time in regard to you election, for United
State Senator, I did not wish to make knowned
my business. If there is not a [showing?] in the army,
and I could receive the appointment of the
Examining Physician, of this city, in the Provost
Marshals office, it would be very acceptable,
providing it would not be interfering, or injuring
my friend Dr English, as it has been rumored
around town he was to be removed.
Please give me your opinion,
in the above matter, and what you think my chances
are in obtaining, a situation, by so doing you
will greatly oblige a friend and me
[illegible] Yours in F.L.& T.
James R. Boyce
Hon Ex Gov. R Yates
P.S. I have just met Dr David [Prince?] & he will also give me a recommendation
Boyce Dr Jas R
Jacksonville Jan'y 26/65
Wants assistance to
Surgeon of Vols in