With F. Corwin letter 12/14/63
Ripley Decer 4 1863
To his Excellency
Gov. Yates of Illinois
The undersigned citizens of Ripley. O. would very respectfully recommend to your consideration our old friend and acquaintance C. A. Shepherd Esq. of your State as we have known Mr. Shepherd almost from Boyhood we have no hesitency in Saying that we believe him in every way qualified to fill a place in the Paymaster department of the U.S. and would respectfully Solicit your influence in his behalf.
D P. Evans J Reynolds John Fulton D H Murphy Chas F. Campbell S Hemphill A, Liggett Thos. McCague
PS I would respectfully refer you to "Brig Genl. Jacob Ammen" who is, and has been, for many years, well acquainted with Mr C A Shepherd S Hemphill