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Letter from Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, 23 September 1840

Letter from Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, 23 September 1840

Cincinatti, Sept. 23d. 1840
To The
We gladly embrace this  opportunity of conveying a few lines to you by E[benezer]  Robinson who, I expect will leave this place for  Nauvoo in a few days. Brother G[eorge] W. Harris and  myself have visited the several branches of the Church  in Adams Co, Pike Co, Jacksonvill & Springfield.
On our way we stoped at Terrehaute and Pleas ant Garden, Indiana; we found the brethren generally  willing and anxious to do all in their power to assist  the church in the great and glorious cause that we  have engaged in respecting the printing of the sever al Books in contemplation; but, I am sorry to say,  I found them destitute of the means to relieve our present  necessity, However, we have succeeded in obtaining sever al notes of hand from different brethren in the state  of Illinois to the amount of about eighty three dollars  which will come due on the first day of Oct next  and we have handed them over to E. Robinson for  to be delivered to Joseph Smith Jr. for collection.
We expect bro. Robinson will arrive with them at  the time they become due.
We have obtained some  money which we have paid over to Br. E Robinson we  have also given our obligations as agents for the church  to Mr. Shepherd & Ste<a>rns to the amount of three hundred  dollars, two hundred of which becomes due on the 26th.  day of Nov. next and the other one hundred on the 26th  day of December next being the amount due Shepherd and  Stearns for the Stereotype Plates. We have taken up  the bonds that bro. Brown gave for the Waggon or carraige  which he let Joseph Smith Jr. have, and we have suc ceeded in procuring a horse and harness to put along  side of the other horse to make it easier for him. We  got said horse and harness by contribution from the  brethren at Dayton & West Milton Ohio— Bro.  E. Robinson (we think) has been very economical, diligent [p. 179]
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Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, letter, Cincinnati, OH, to JS. Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, Nauvoo, IL, 23 Sept. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 179–180; JS Collection, CHL.

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