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Letter from Abraham C. Hodge, 25 January 1842

Sometime after the discontinuation of this Stake, our President (Br Mariam) moved from this place to Lima

Area settled, 1828. Platted 1833. Post office established, 1836. Many Saints settled in area, 1839, after expulsion from Missouri. Considered important settlement by LDS church leaders. Lima stake organized, 22 Oct. 1840. Church conference held in town, 23...

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and took our Church Records with him, After he left there was some difficulties arose between the two Counselors who still remained, which was the cause of animosities and hard feelings in the Church to some extent, And as we considered it our privilege as well as our duty in our then unorganised situation that there should be something done in order to be unitet and receive the blessings of Heaven in as much as the Stake was discontinued and the President had left and taken the Records with him; the two Counselors being divided, and the members being dissatisfied with their holding the station which they pretended to hold; Under these circumstances we deemed it our duty to call the Church together and choose a leader to preside over us; And at our meeting Judge 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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was nominated for our president and unanimously chosen with the exception of one vote
The reasons of our adopting the fifth Resolution was because the list of the names of the members was taken with the Records
We shall expect an answer from you whether the above proceeings are legal or not Yours in Brotherly love
By order of the Branch
R, J, Coats Clerk Abm C. Hodges President [p. [2]]
Sometime after the discontinuation of this  Stake, our President (Br Mariam) moved  from this place to Lima

Area settled, 1828. Platted 1833. Post office established, 1836. Many Saints settled in area, 1839, after expulsion from Missouri. Considered important settlement by LDS church leaders. Lima stake organized, 22 Oct. 1840. Church conference held in town, 23...

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and took our  Church Records with him, After he left  there was some difficulties arose between  the two Counselors who <still> remained, which  was the cause of animosities and hard feelings  in the Church to some extent, And as we  considered it our privilege as well as our duty  in our then unorganised situation that there  should be something done in order to be  unitet and receive the blessings of Heaven  in as much as the Stake was discontinued  and the President had left and taken  the Records with him; the two Counselors  being divided, and the members being  dissatisfied with their holding the station  which <they> pretended to hold; Under these  circumstances we deemed it our duty to  call the Church together and choose a  leader to preside over us; And at our  meeting Judge 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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<was> nominated for  our president and unanimously chosen  with the exception of one vote
The reasons of our adopting the fifth  Resolution was because the list of the  names of the members was taken  with the Records
We shall expect an a[n]swer from you  whether the above proceeings are legal or  not Yours in Brotherly love
R, J, Coats.’ Clerk
By order of the Branch
R, J, Coats Clerk Abm C. Hodges President [p. [2]]
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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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