Quincy Ills Dec 25 - 1864
I have just returned from the north part of the state---in Chicago I met Charles Wilson---Geo Gage---Wm Church and W. Bushnell all were Confident of your Election to the U. S. Senate
I learned what you probably already know that the old Legislature intend to Elect U. S. Senitor which will be easily check mated.
Bushnell advised me not to go to Senator Strain, it might cause him to think his vote was all important. I have no doubt his vote will be cast for you. Govenor you cannot be beat.
and with a proper Course which you can trace better than any of your friends I have already indicated and anticipate a most glorious future for you
I am as Ever truly Yours
R B Hatch
Hatch R B.
Quincy Dec 25 1864
Has just returned from north part of State, in Chicago he met Chas Wilson George Guage Church and Bushnell all confident of success. Has learned the old Legislature intend to elect Senator. Bushnell advises him not to go to see Strain.