Ford, Thomas. A History of Illinois, From Its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847. Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co, 1854. First edition, second state. Contemporary quarter leather. 12mo. Covers worn, light scattered soiling, mild foxing and browning on pages. The author was the eighth governor of Illinois, and was in office when Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, was killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.