Railroad, Commercial & General Printing Office,
Chicago Aug 7, 1862.
Hon Richard Yates
Mr Cowles & myself have called at your room several times lately to present a subject, of no special importance to yourself, but which the Tribune office feels much interested in.
We desire to procure for Geo D. Williston Esq, who has been in the Tribune counting room during the past seven years, the appointment of Quarter-master in one of the new regiments. Dr. Rey, I believe, has already spoken
to you on the subject. Both he & Mr Medill are now out of the city, and it is for this reason that Mr Cowles & myself, rather than they, have sought to bring the case to your notice, & to secure if possible Mr Willistons appointment.
I can assure you that Mr W. is entirely worthy of the position, as a man of business, courage & unimpeachable integrity. There is not young man of my acquaintance for whom I should feel justified in making more diligent efforts for an honorable position whether in the military or [with?] services of the State.
Very Respectfully &c
Horace White Esq
Urging that George D. Williston long connected with the “Tribune” be appointed Quarter Master.--
Write White (sending him copy) and say that he must see what he can do with Cols of Regts – I will try & bear in mind to see some of them but they usually have some one in view – would like to gratify him & his friend if in my power
Ans Augt 28