USG and Harry Boggs had desk space in the firm's offices for their real estate business. USG appointed Hillyer his aide in Sept., 1861.
McClellan was born in 1824 in Wheeling, Va., and graduated from Williams College in 1847. After admission to the bar he moved to St. Louis in 1850. As chief clerk to Peter Ladue, assessor of St. Louis County, he learned about local real estate practice, and began practice with Hillyer and Moody in 1851.
St. Louis, Aug. 15th 1859
HON. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS,
ST. LOUIS COUNTY
I beg leave to submit myself as an applicant for the office of County Engineer, should the Office be rendered vacant, and at the same time to submit the names of a few Citizens who have been kind enough to recommend me for the Office. I have made no effort to get a large number of names, nor the names of persons with whom I am not personally acquainted.
I enclose herewith also a statement from Prof. J. J. Reynolds, who was a class mate of mine at West Point, as to qualifications.
Should your honorable body see proper to give me the appointment I pledge myself to give the Office my entire attention and shall hope to give general satisfaction.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Andrew Joyner, Jr., Greensboro, N. C. Reynolds wrote, Aug. 1. "Captain U. S. Grant was a member of the class at the Mil Acady, West Point, which graduated in 1843—he always maintained a high standing and graduated with great credit, especially in mathematics, mechanics, & Engineering—From my personal knowledge of his capacity and acquirements as well as of his strict integrity and unremitting industry I consider him in an eminent degree qualified