Department of Agriculture.
Washington, D.C. Aug 18 1864
All of the other states have their regular appointed State agent located at this place to aid the soldiers in any way they may need
It is true we have not as many Ill soldiers here as other states consequently the agent would not have as much to do But there are some and they frequently need the assistance of an authorized person to act
for them Several persons have spoken to me and wanted I should get appointed The office I do not crave but would be willing to aid our soldiers all I can Will you be kind enough to write to Govr Yates and ask him to appoint me should he see fit to do so I will try to perform the duties faithfully
Enclosed you will see contents, from A.C. Wiley formerly Police Magistrate of Galesburg He has always manifested a deep interest in our Soldiers and I doubt not would fill the requirements of the position sought by him with all the ability of which he is capable.
And perhaps would do as well as any one of our Illinoisans in Washington ocupying a Clerkship
It may be you have already arranged this matter. If not I should think it well that some one feel more than a general responsibility for our Soldiers there.
Geo I Bergen
Galesburg Aug 23/64
Bergen Geo. I.
Galesburg. Augst 23d 1864.
Requests that a position be given to A.C. Wiley to act as agent of the State in caring for Ills soldiers in Washington
We have agent at W. will be glad accomodate if opportunity &c
Ansd Aug 29,64