Nov. 20, 1915
Hon. Wm. Spry, Governor of the State of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dear Governor: It affords me genuine pleasure to extend to you my hearty approval of the course that you, The Courts and the Board of Pardons have persued in the Hillstrom case. Your fearless stand and firm refusal to yield to any and all influence brought to bear to defeat justice in this case of foul play and double murder is most highly commendable.
I am also pleased to note that you purpose to use every means necessary to protect life and property in this State. I certainly approve of this course and believe that every citizen who is for right and justice will support you in this very important matter.
Wishing you success and assuring you of my personal support in any way that I can lend assistance, I am
Very truly yours, EPE. E.P.Ellison
January 18, 1916
Mr. E.T. Ellison, Layton, Utah. My dear Mr. Ellison:- PLease accept this tardy acknoledgment of your letter of November 20th, conveying an espression of your approval of my action in handling the Hillstrom case. I have shown your letter to the members of the Pardons Board and they join me in this sincere expression of thanks.
I am thoroughly conviced that the stand taken by yourself ant the other good citizens of this state in opposition to the tactics of the lawless element, had a remarkable tendency in preventing acts of violence. In handling this case, I tridd to do only what I regarded as a plain and simple duty and it is a source of much satisfaction to know that my action is approved by the lawless element of the state.
With the compliments of the season, I am Cordially yours,
Dr. EDWARD L. EMRICH PHONE 77 104 SOUTH STATE ST.
MURRAY, UTAH Nov. 23, '15
Gov Wm Spry Salt Lake Cy, Ut. Hon. Sir. I wish to express my approval of your firm and fair stand for the enforcement of law & order in Utah. Im sure every good citizen, is with you and admires your courage. Have never written a letter like this before but had such sympathy for you that I could not refrain from doing so. If I could make you president of the U.S. today would do it. Truly E.L. Emrich,
Dec. 16, 1915.
Dr. Edward L. Emrich, 104 South State St., Murray, Utah.
My dear Doctor:
This letter is written in apprectiation of your communication of Nov. 23rd, expressing your approval of my action on the Hillstrom case. I appreciate the com- pliment you pay me in stating that this is the first letter of the kind you have ever written. I wish you to know that what I did with relation to the Hillstrom case, was done with a deep sense of my obligations as a servant of the people in seeing that the laws were enforced, and with abiding confidence that the people of this state would uphold me in such action.
Your very frank and cordial statement, in this particular, is one of the strong evidences that my judgment regarding the attitude of the decent people of this state, was right. We are all exceedingly anxious that Utah shall maintain a reputation as the home of law-abiding, loyal, and upright citizens. I know that men who feel as you feel, will be instumental in removing from the state, the lawless and idle element.
With the compliments of the season, and again thanking you for your letter, I beg to remain
First Congregational Church Frederick Vining Fisher, Pastor Oroville, California January 7, 1916 Hon. William Spry, Executive Office, Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah. My dear Governor: I want to acknowledge your very kind letter of December 8th; and to thank you, not only for the kindness of writing, but of your appreciation of the little I tried to do to put the people of the East right on your brave stand in the Hillstrom case. Am glad to know of the letters of congratulation you have received from all over the United States, but I am surprised that the threatening letters still keep up. I hope the postal authorities will be able to do something to stop this matter. One thing that greatly surprised me when I was in your office was the fact that the Western Union Telegraph Company transmitted over its wires such profance messages as you received. I should think the company would have a ruling forbidding their employees to accept messages of that character. That is a matter the government out to take up. I have received from Mr. Haines some excellent material toward the preparation of my lecture on Utah, as well as from President Smith and others some valuable historical material, and am busy working on this at the present time. With very kindest personal regards, and best wishes for the New Year, both for yourself and for Utah, I am Cordially yours, Frederick Vining Fisher FVF/B