Chicago, July 30, 1864
Gov. Richard Yates
Dear Sir – I have had a conference with Gen. Turchin, in regard to the condition of affairs in our state, & the possibilities of danger from invasions, raids, & attempts to release prisoners &c. His views have impressed me so favorably; they seem to me so judicious, wise & sagacious, that I have requested him to communicate them to you. He & Judge Bell, one of our Most earnestly Loyal, & patriotic citizens will visit you on the subject.
Gen Turchin has the confidence of our people fully. They believe he unites great energy & executive ability with discretion
& I believe there is no field in which he could be more useful than in Illinois, & in the manner which he will fully explain. Commending him to your carful consideration, & also Judge Bell, & offering you of my earnest co-operation in all efforts to preserve the peace of our state, & secure the triumph of the loyal cause I am
Very Truly Your Isaac N. Arnold