Letter from Andrews of the 3rd Minnesota, held as a Confederate prisoner of war until October, 1862, to Donnelly regarding his election to Congress – November 30, 1862
International Hotel St. Paul Nov. 30, 1862
My dear Sir:
Returning here last night from St. Cloud I felt a gratification in finding your kind note of the 20th instant. I am happy to be remembered by you. Am sincere, glad of your success in being elected to Congress, and have no doubt you will reflect great credit upon the state. Your parliamentary knowledge and experience will help to give you early distinction. I have been on cordial personal terms with three late speakers, Mr. Banks, Mr. Orr and Mr. Grow. Mr. Banks’ election I predicted to him more than a year before his election, as we were walking arm in arm down Pa. avenue.
I would recommend you to spend some time in Washington during the coming session of Congress in order to become acquainted with members of the next Congress. You would be appreciated more and your means of usefulness increased, by meeting somewhat known to the members, rather than as a stranger. Your chances for being speaker of the U.S. H. of Rep. sometime are good. I speak on these matters something as an expert having spent upwards of two years a close observer of public men in Washington. […]
Very truly yours
Citation: November 30, 1862 Letter from C.C. Andrews, Captain of the 3rd Regiment, to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]