J. G. Cramer, pp. 31-33.
|Springfield, May 3d/61|
I thought I was going home this evening but when I told the Governer of it he objected because he had important duties for me in connexion with the organization of new Regiments provided for by the Legislature a day or two ago. I presume I shall be put on duty in Freeport mustering in a Regiment from that Congressional district. 1 If so I will be within a few hours travel of Galena and can go down most any afternoon and return in the morning. It may be that I will remain there two or three weeks and then retire from the service. This place is within four hours travel of St. Louis and the Cars run her[e] so that I could start at 5 o'clock a.m. be in St. Louis at 9, get a horse and buggy and go out and spend the day at your fathers 2 and return here for breakfast the next morning. If I can get sent down to Alton on business I will try and go out and spend one day. All is buzz and excitement here, as well as confusion, and I dont see really that I am doing any good. But when I speak of going it is objected to by not only Governer Yates, but others. —I imagine it will do me no harm the time I spend here, for it has enabled me to become acquainted with the principle men in the state. I do not know that I shall receive any benefit from this but it does no harm.