Letter from John C. Bennett, 25 July 1840

Fairfield Ill.— July 25th. 1840
Rev & Dear Friends:—
The last time I wrote you was during the  pendency of your difficulties with the Missourians. You are  aware that at that time I held the office of “Brigadier General  of the Invincible Dragoons” of this State and proffered you  my entire energies for your deliverance from a ruthless and  Savage, tho. Cowardly foe; but the Lord came to your rescue  and saved you with a powerful arm. I am happy  to find that you are now in a civilized land, and in the  enjoyment of peace, and happiness. Some months ago  I resigned my office with an intention of removing to  your town, & joining your people; but hitherto I have been  prevented: I hope however to remove to Commerce and unite  with your Church next spring. I believe I should be much  happier with you. I have many things to communicate which  I would prefer doing orally, and I propose to meet you in  Springfield on the first mondav in Dec. next as I shall  be there at that time on state and United States’ business.
If I remove to Commerce I expect to follow my profession,  and to that end I enclose you a slip from the “Louisville [p. 169]
John C. Bennett, letter, Fairfield, IL, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 25 July 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 169–170; JS Collection, CHL.