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Letter from Benjamin Winchester, 18 September 1841

to be excused from going to Salem at present I wish to be One reason is that Elder Snow

9 Nov. 1818–27 May 1888. Farmer, teacher, merchant, publisher, manufacturer. Born at St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont. Son of Levi Snow and Lucina Streeter. Baptized into LDS church by William Snow, 3 Feb. 1833, at Charleston, Orleans Co., Vermont. Ordained...

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can do as much preaching there as we both could another is that I have supported myself and family with the exception of our board for the last year therefore it has of necessity involved me in debt. to pay my debts I published the “Gospel Reflector” and other pamphlets thinking that I could realize proffit enough to meet my engagements but I have not sold enough to realize any benifit from the proffit of them. Hence if I leave here my debts being unpaid my creditors will be dissatisfied and make me trouble Again my health is verry poor at present I am afflicted with the Asthma when attacted with it some times for a week I cannot lay down It is generally brought on by cold easterly winds which are so frequent in the New England States Indeed I am not able to travel and preach as I have in former days If you should request me to go south to Baltimore Washington

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or else where I will try to go as soon as possible If I could get any thing to do in 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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for a [p. [2]]
to be excused from here going to  Salem at present I wish to be One  reason is that Elder Snow

9 Nov. 1818–27 May 1888. Farmer, teacher, merchant, publisher, manufacturer. Born at St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont. Son of Levi Snow and Lucina Streeter. Baptized into LDS church by William Snow, 3 Feb. 1833, at Charleston, Orleans Co., Vermont. Ordained...

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can do as  much preaching there as they <we> both  could another is that I have supported  myself <and family> with the exception of our board for  the last year therefore it has of necessity  involved me in debt. to pay my debts I  publ published the “Gospel Reflector” and other  pamphlets thinking that I could realize proffit  enough to meet my engagements but  I have not sold enough <to> realize any benifit  from the proffit of them. Hence if I leave  here my debts being unpaid it my  creditors will be dissatisfied and make  me trouble Again my health is verry  poor at present I am afflicted with the  Asthma when attacted with it some times  for a week I cannot lay down It is  generally brought on by cold easterly  winds which are so frequent in the  New England States Indeed I am not able  to travel and preach as I have in former  days If you should request me to go south  to Ba[l]timore Washington

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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or else where I will  try to go as soon as possible If you I could  get any thing to do in 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 for a [p. [2]]
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Benjamin Winchester, Letter, Philadelphia

Port city founded as Quaker settlement by William Penn, 1681. Site of signing of Declaration of Independence and drafting of U.S. Constitution. Nation’s capital city, 1790–1800. Population in 1830 about 170,000; in 1840 about 260,000; and in 1850 about 410...

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, PA, 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, 18 Sept. 1841; presumably handwriting of Benjamin Winchester; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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