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Trip to England requesting political favors
letter, McIlvaine, Chase, England
McIlvaine, Charles Petit, "Letter to Chase, S. P. (?)" (1861). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 279.
Cinc. Nov. 11, /61
My dear Sir,
Unfortunately I am supposed to have some influence at [?]. What a mistake! But I will do what my friend Mr. L’[Horamediei] asks of me, that is, write you concerning the application of his son-in-law [I.] [I.] [?] (he [prefers] now in the office of Mr. [Carmen]) for appointment as [?] Commissary, or Assistant [?] [?] Mister, or Captain in the [?]. The application is backed by the governor, Senator Wade, Congressman [Gisley], Judges Duncan, Story, & Hoadley, W. I. [Groerbeck] & J. H. [Groerbeck], (his uncle) & many others.
Mr. [?] is a man of [?] education & habit, & evidenced worthy of what he seeks. I learn he is a drilled volunteer, not in service. My poor news humbly added, but he has enough without it.
When I applied to Mr. [Carmen] for a Captaincy for my nephew Francis McIlvaine, I sought no help of names. I trusted to what he had said, & [reason] felt that I was paying her a compliment in trusting a case to its merit, for I imagined he would trust me as to them. If I had produced prohibited names, perhaps I should have succeeded. A fine officer with a military experience of seven years, fails, men, without knowledge enough to drill a [?] guard, get [?] plenty.
I took for some [dispatch] a letter from you today about the English matter.
Charles P. McIlvaine
Don’t forget. Port [Chaplaing] at [?] & Mr. Badger (Rev. [?] Badger, Shelbyville Ky) for it.