Chambersburg, Nov 20
My Dear Sir-
I am afraid I have got into a snarl. I never intended to apply for any office from Gov Pollock, and only a few days ago I gave a letter to Col Patterson for the same office. For your kindness however I feel immeasurably indebted, and the more so because it is unsolicited and I know sincere. I cannot, however, make a formal application for the office after having recommended another; but if Gov Pollock thinks fit, to give me the appointment I would not refuse it. If Patterson cannot be appointed, then I would feel free; but I prefer consistency to the office. My action however does not interfere with your voluntary recommendation, and if it does no good, it can do me no harm. At any rate I heartily thank you for your kind partiality.
A dispatch before me received a few minutes ago, asks me to meet Col Curtin at Harrisburg to-morrow evening. I will do so, and will write you from there. I will there be better posted. An editorial this week will commend you for State Treasurer. Let me hear from you frequently, and let this letter be strictly private
Yours truly A K McClure