Washington 22 April 1859.
My dear Sir/
I have received your favor of the 19th. Instant respecting our friend Col. Stambaugh. I sincerely sympathise with him & would gladly relieve him if this were in my power. I have done more than any man living to assist him in his pecuniary affairs; but he is improvident as we know. I have offered him two good offices; but he will accept neither of them. With every disposition to serve him, I know not now what to give him. Vacancies are occurring in the Territories; but I know not whether he would be willing to accept any of them.
The disbursements of public money by the Superintendent of Public Printing are very large & it requires a careful & economical business man to prevent jobs &
impositions counteract the schemes of those who would impose upon it. The investigations into the concerns of that office before the appointment of General Bowman by a Committee of the late House of Representatives presents many astounding facts.
I had not the least idea, before the receipt of your letter, that "the Forney Harrisburg Disorganizers" would have prevented the attempt to enlist Col. Stambaugh into their ranks.
from your friend
Charles E. Wentz Esq