Dec. 28th 1864.
I have been now some six weeks in Washington, waiting for my commission. I have fortunately met several of my old acquaintances from Louisiana, elected under their new state government as delegates to the present Congress. Among them Judge Cutler, whom perhaps you will recollect of meeting in New Orleans. The question of the admission of this delegation is exciting considerable interest in Washington. I think they will be admitted; and, I may add, I sincerely hope they may. They are all truly loyal men, and intensely radical, rendered more so perhaps by their sufferings in the cause of right, and liberty. I have written a somewhat elaborate letter favoring their admittance which is addressed to Gen. Oglesby. It will be published
by Saturday in pamphlet form. I did not have it published myself, but was prevailed upon by others to do so. If it will be of any service I am satisfied. I will send you a copy, and I shall hope to hear what you think of it.
I meet our Illinois friends occasionally but I believe the members generally are taking Christmas.
I hear nothing lately in regard to the senatorial contest, if there is any contest, in Illinois.
Please write me, and accept my kindest regards,
A. F. Stone
(525 H St.)
To Richard Yates
Stone, A. F.
Washington Dec 28/64
Wants his commission
Private & friendly