Ottawa January 30th 1865.
Hon R. Yates
be kind enough to write me at your
leisure, that in compliance with
my recommendation; you com-
missioned R.S. Stevens (of
the LaSalle Press) adjutant of the
104th Illinois Infantry. You will
recollect, that I spoke to you a-
bout it, & recommended him
for that position, in your office in
Springfield & upon my recommen-
dation you appointed him to
that position. I desire this state-
ment for my own special benefit,
as certain parties are stateing that
I never mentioned his name to you
for that place, and that you
appointed him against my
express wish. I know that you
agreed with me instantly when
I made the suggestion to you.
Please give me such a state
ment at your earliest convenience
if you can recollect the circumstances.
Allow me to congratulate
you, on your election to the United
States Senate. I rejoice with you.
May God help you, in your new
& responsible station, and give
you wisdom in all things.
With my best wished & prayers
for your future prosperity in
this life, & in the world to come
I am Your friend &
late Col 104th Ill. Infty
Moore Col A B
Ottawa Jany 30/65
Wants you to write him
stating that you ap-
pointed & commission-
ed R.S. Stevens Adjt
of the 104th Regt. upon
&c as certain parties are reporting that he
(Moore) had nothing to
do with it.