Geneva Ill Feb 11, 1864
Hon Richd Yates Governor Ill
My Dear Sir
I notice in the State Journal of the 28th January an article from the Canton Register in which your name is mentioned for Senator. I desire to say that the recommendation so fully accords with my own views, that I shall be very glad to acknowledge by my active aid the kind courtesies I have received at your hands in times past. I believe your services to the state and especially your honorable record in connection with the war entitle you to the position of Senator- and I have no doubt that could the voice of the unbiased masses be heard, you would be selected with great unanimity.
A year ago I did not feel as though I ever wanted to help anybody again, or hardly to help myself, I have experienced so much of the treachery, falsehood and meanness of pretended friends. But since my vindication and triumph I view the world a little differently. I have passed through troubled
waters, but I never had a doubt that sooner or later the truth would come to light and justice be done me. Plato and Wilcox who wanted to destroy me in order to get my place are now (to use a slang phrase) "hunting their holes" and I am happy in knowing that among the people I am held in their former regard.
But not to trouble you with my personal fortunes, I wish simply to repeat that if you are to be a candidate for the Senate I am for you wholly & heartily and I trust you will not fail to draw on me in any way where I can be of service. I think we shall return to the legislation our last member Mr. Mann and he is one of my warm friends
I am Governor Very sincerely & faithfully Your Friend I. G. Wilson
Wilson. I. G. Geneva, Ills Feb 11, 1864
Very friendly letter. promises to give all the aid in his power to the election of Governor to U S Senate
Executive Office Feby 11/64