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Jonathan M. Heath Transcript

City of Portland
Jan’y 18th, 1864

Col. Geo. W. West
17 Regt. Me. Vols.

It would be very gratifying to the friends of Sgt. Daniel Gookin of Company B in your Regt. to witness this promotion, knowing, as we do, the personal worth of the man, his devotion to the cause, and also the sacrifices made by him for his country.  He would therefore regard it as a personal favor if you would recommend him to the Governor for the first vacancy in your Regt. of 2nd Lieut.

It has been a matter of surprise to us that he has not been promoted long ere this & we can only account for it on the score of his extreme modesty, while men of less worth, but of more self reliance have stepped in before him.

By giving his case your early and favorable attention, you will confer a favor on a very deserving man and gratify his many friends.

Very resp’y
Your Obt. Servt
J. M. Heath, City Clerk