Letter to Friends in Illinois, 20 December 1841

City of Nauvoo, Illinois,
December 20th, A. D. 1841.
To my friends in Illinois:—
The Gubernatorial Con vention of the State of Illinois have nom inated Colonel Adam W. Snyder for  GOVERNOR, and Colonel John Moore  for LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR of  the State of Illinois—election to take  place in August next. Colonel Moore,  like Judge Douglass [Stephen A. Douglas], and Esq. [Calvin A.] Warren,  was an intimate friend of General [John C.] Ben nett long before that gentleman became  a member of our community; and Gener al Bennett informs us that no men were  more efficient in assisting him to procure  our great chartered privileges than were  Colonel Snyder, and Colonel Moore.—  They are sterling men, and friends of  equal rights—opposed to the oppressor’s  grasp, and the tyrant’s rod. With such  men at the head of our State Government  we have nothing to fear. In the next  canvass we shall be influenced by no  party consideration—and no Carthageni an coalescence or collusion, with our  people, will be suffered to affect, or oper ate against, General Bennett or any other  of our tried friends already semi-official ly in the field; so the partizans in this  county who expect to divide the friends  of humanity and equal rights will find  themselves mistaken—we care not a fig  for Whig or Democrat: they are both  alike to us; but we shall go for our  friends, our tried friends, and the cause  of human liberty which is the cause of  God. We are aware that “divide and  conquer” is the watch-word with many,  but with us it cannot be done—we love  liberty too well—we have suffered too  much to be easily duped—we have no  cat’s paws amongst us. We voted for  General [William Henry] Harrison because we loved  him—he was a gallant officer and a tried  statesman; but this is no reason why we  should always be governed by his friends —he is now dead, and all of his friends  are not ours. We claim the privileges  of freemen, and shall act accordingly.  Douglass is a Master Spirit, and his  friends are our friends—we are willing  to cast our banners on the air, and fight  by his side in the cause of humanity,  and equal rights—the cause of liberty  and the law. Snyder, and Moore, are  his friends—they are ours. These men  are free from the prejudices and super stitions of the age, and such men we love,  and such men will ever receive our sup port, be their political predilections what  they may. Snyder, and Moore, are  known to be our friends; their friendship  is vouched for by those whom we have  tried. We will never be justly charged  with the sin of ingratitude—they have serv ed us, and we will serve them.
Lieutenant-General of the  Nauvoo Legion. [p. 651]
JS, Letter, Nauvoo, IL, to “my friends in Illinois,” 20 Dec. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 Jan. 1842, 3:651.