Letter, William Goforth to George Dykes, 17 February 1842
, Letter, Belleville, St. Clair Co., IL to George Dykes, , Hancock Co., IL, 17 Feb. 1842; handwriting presumably of ; dockets in handwriting of unidentified scribe and ; three pages; JS Office papers, CHL.
Belleville Ill: Febry 17th. 1842
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated Jany. 15.th. 1842. Your sentiments, in regard to the selection & choice of men in the Administration departments of our laws so correspond with my views, that comment is unnecessary. I have been intimate with since 1820— a goodly number of past days I had the honor of partaking with him as a boarder in the house, at the same table & even in the same bed— politically our views have associated in unison— &, I am one that can say in truth, that if elects him to the Gubernative department we can say that a selection in our cause has not been excelled in the west, for Qualification, merit and fixed democracy. The general voice of this section as far as I have the honor of mingling with the interested people for the prosperity of speak with emphatic tones for as the suitable & qualified man in the guberatorial department. He is in possession of your opinion— & I caused your letter to be read through the instrumentality of the “Belleville Advocate” (Febry 3d. 1842— No.15— of Vol: 2.) by many, that perhaps doubted the tenacity of the People called Mormans. And sir, permit me to add, that I witnessed many of the efforts of Our worthy friend , when in the senate chamber of — not only for the Mormons, but for every class, whose reliance were fixed for the decission of a legislative operation— and the amelioration of that oppression which stared our citizens with dread & the approach of horror.
As the peoples agent in this land, I consider him first, and his presence, on an important matter where, in connection with national political matters, a discussion or definition is required— paliation & satisfaction is the result. I am sir, with you sentimentally. “It is good to be Zealously affected always in a good cause thing” (◊ Gal. iv. 18.) [p. ]