Nov. 25. 1864
I think I have secured the Bond member through Lt. Col. (formerly Maj.) Reid The game is getting interesting I just recd a Mt Vernon Unionist with article marked in favor of my old fellow soldier and now fellow complexioner Johny A. I enclose it - Write to Col Tom. G. Allen, Chester if you have not done so.
You'll beat them beat the whole field -
It is amusing to hear Copperheads W. H. N ex Senator for instance and some honest
men too taking trouble to themselves and taking on over your drinking.
I am glad you have quit I have and did so because I intended to ask you to do so. and had to go into court with clean hands, and this too after a life time of habitual indulgence - mostly moderate, often the [reverse?] and the habit is hard - awfully hard to break - I am doing it however -
It must be done
If there are any members down here whose position is doubtful let me know
Excuse this scrawl and the paper - I will write again soon
Belleville Nov 25th/64
Thinks he has secured the Bond member
The game is getting interesting.
Encloses a slip from Mt. Vernon Unionist in favor of Logan. It cant win - You are bound to beat [illegible]