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Letter from Abraham C. Hodge, 25 January 1842

Springfield

Settled by 1819. Incorporated as town, 1832. Became state capital, 1837. Incorporated as city, 1840. Sangamon Co. seat. Population in 1840 about 2,600. Stake of LDS church organized in Springfield, Nov. 1840; discontinued May 1841; branch organized, Jan. ...

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Jan’y 25th. 1842
The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in this place met agreeable to previous notice at Br David Dicksons
Br Arnold Stephens stated the object of the meeting
Br Abraham Hodge was unanimously chosen President, and R, J, Coats Secretary of said meeting
After the organization of the meeting the following Resolutions were offered and adopted
1st. Resolved that we consider that the officers of this Branch of the Church ceased at the time Br, Joseph Smith Jr discontinued this Stake
2nd. Resolved that Br James Adams

24 Jan. 1783–11 Aug. 1843. Lawyer, judge, insurance agent, land speculator. Born at Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Parmenio Adams and Chloe. In New York militia, served as ensign, 1805; as lieutenant; as captain, 1807, and as major, 1811–1815...

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shall be the President of this Branch
3rd. Resolved that Br R, J, Coats be the Clerk of this Branch
4th. Resolved that the Clerk make out the proseedings of this meeting and forward the same to Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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to the First Presidency
5th. Resolved that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in this place give in their names to the Clerk
Abm. C. Hodges President
R, J, Coats, Clerk
Br Smith,
We deem it necessary to state some of the most prominent reasons why this meetng was called, in order that you may have a fair understanding of the situation and condition we were placed in
You will recollect that sometime since this stake was discontinued as well as all others with the exception of those in Hancock CO

Formed from Pike Co., 1825. Described in 1837 as predominantly prairie and “deficient in timber.” Early settlers came mainly from mid-Atlantic and southern states. Population in 1835 about 3,200; in 1840 about 9,900; and in 1844 at least 15,000. Carthage ...

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Springfield

Settled by 1819. Incorporated as town, 1832. Became state capital, 1837. Incorporated as city, 1840. Sangamon Co. seat. Population in 1840 about 2,600. Stake of LDS church organized in Springfield, Nov. 1840; discontinued May 1841; branch organized, Jan. ...

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Jan’y 25th. 1842
The members of the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latterday Saints in this place met agreeable  to previous notice at Br David Dicksons
Br Arnold Stephens stated the object of the  meeting
Br A[braham] Hodge was unanimously chosen Presi dent, and R, J, Coats Secretary of said  meeting
After the organization of the meeting the  following Resolutions were offered and ado pted
1st. Resolved that we consider that the  officers of this Branch of the Church ceased  at the time Br, Joseph Smith Jr discontinued  this Stake
2nd. Resolved that Br James Adams

24 Jan. 1783–11 Aug. 1843. Lawyer, judge, insurance agent, land speculator. Born at Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Parmenio Adams and Chloe. In New York militia, served as ensign, 1805; as lieutenant; as captain, 1807, and as major, 1811–1815...

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shall  be the President of this Branch
3rd. Resolved that Br R, J, Coats be the  Clerk of this Branch
4th. Resolved that the Clerk make out  the proseedings of this meeting and  forward the same to Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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to the  First Presidency
5th. Resolved that the members of the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints  in this place give in their names to  the Clerk
Abm. C. Hodges President
R, J, Coats, Clerk
Br Smith,
We deem it necessary to state some  of the most prominent reasons why this me etng was called, in order that you may  have a fair understanding of the situation  and condition we were placed in
You will recollect that sometime since  this stake was discontinued as well as all  others with the exception of those in Hancock CO

Formed from Pike Co., 1825. Described in 1837 as predominantly prairie and “deficient in timber.” Early settlers came mainly from mid-Atlantic and southern states. Population in 1835 about 3,200; in 1840 about 9,900; and in 1844 at least 15,000. Carthage ...

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Abraham C. Hodge, Letter, Springfield

Settled by 1819. Incorporated as town, 1832. Became state capital, 1837. Incorporated as city, 1840. Sangamon Co. seat. Population in 1840 about 2,600. Stake of LDS church organized in Springfield, Nov. 1840; discontinued May 1841; branch organized, Jan. ...

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, IL, to JS, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 25 Jan. 1842; handwriting presumably of R. J. Coats; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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