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Letter from David Thomas, 31 March 1838

known him to give a misrepresentation of any part, He is a merchant and I suppose doing a moderate buisness. his place is now, onley laid out about a year since a beautifull sight to the river

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near Saint Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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, and a first rate landing And Sir permit me to say to you, if you could make it convenient or for your advantage to settle in this County, I would let you have part of my land. There is yet to enter adjoining my land, as good land is in the world, I have no doubt you can do as weell here in forming a settlement and probaly better than any place in the state

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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The facilities of the river

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near Saint Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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will be of great servise in settling this uper country besides some of the knowing ones have aimed to uproot you, but here you can break them down in turn, I will join you in the speculation if necessary and if possible the church. I will have after paying for 1600 acres of land $4,000, If they pay me in Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, enough give my respects to Mrs Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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David Thomas

12 May 1797–25 Apr. 1845. Born at Flat Rock District, Bourbon Co., Kentucky. Son of Richard Thomas and Elizabeth Bowles. Married Martha Parker, 17 Mar. 1816. Migrated to Carrollton, Carroll Co., Missouri, 1833. With Henry Root, landowner at De Witt, Carroll...

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Elder Joseph Smith Jr
N.B. P.S. Further I own a section of land in Monroe [County]

Area settled, 1820. Organized from Ralls Co., 6 Jan. 1831. County seat, Paris. Population in 1836 about 6,200. Population in 1840 about 9,500. JS and Camp of Israel volunteers from Ohio and Michigan Territory joined up at Allred settlement in county, June...

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near the forks of Salt river, and if necessary sell or make a settlement there I know of no man in the world I would rather entertain than yourself I would be glad if you would find whether my debt is secure in that place, and let me know Please to help me if you can do so without being oppressive to your feelings or interest these I do not wish you [to] violate for me Mr. Root

14 June 1813–9 Apr. 1895. Auctioneer, merchant, banker. Born at Clinton, Upper Canada. Son of Henry Ruth and Marie Overholt. Purchased interest in town of De Witt (first called Eldersport), Carroll Co., Missouri, 1837. Sold lots to Latter-day Saints. Moved...

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is my confidential friend anything you may say to him is safe, if you cannot come [p. 27]
known him to give a misrepresentation of  any part, He is a merchant and I suppose doing  a moderate buisness[.] his place is now, onley  laid out about a year since a beautifull  sight to the river

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near Saint Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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, and a first rate landing  And Sir permit me to say to you, if you  could make it convenient or for your advan tage to settle in this County, I would let  you have part of my land[.] There is yet to  enter adjoining my land, as good land is in  the world, I have no doubt you can do as  weell here in forming a settlement and prob aly better than any place in the state

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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 The facilities of the river

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near Saint Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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will be of great ser vise to in settling this uper country besid[e]s  some of the knowing ones have aimed to uproot  you, but here you can break them down  in turn, I will join you in the specula tion if necessary and if possible the church[.]  I will have after paying for 1600 acres of  land $4,000, If they pay me in Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, enou gh give my respects to Mrs Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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& accep t for yourself
a friends respect
David Thomas

12 May 1797–25 Apr. 1845. Born at Flat Rock District, Bourbon Co., Kentucky. Son of Richard Thomas and Elizabeth Bowles. Married Martha Parker, 17 Mar. 1816. Migrated to Carrollton, Carroll Co., Missouri, 1833. With Henry Root, landowner at De Witt, Carroll...

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Elder Joseph Smith Jr
N.B. P.S. Further I own a section of land  in Monroe [County]

Area settled, 1820. Organized from Ralls Co., 6 Jan. 1831. County seat, Paris. Population in 1836 about 6,200. Population in 1840 about 9,500. JS and Camp of Israel volunteers from Ohio and Michigan Territory joined up at Allred settlement in county, June...

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near the forks of Salt river, and  if necessary sell or make a settlement there  I know of no man in the world I would rath er entertain than yourself I would be glad  if you would find whether my debt is  secure in that place, and let me know  Please to help me if you can do so without  being oppressive to your feelings or interest  these I do not wish you [to?] violate for me  Mr. Root

14 June 1813–9 Apr. 1895. Auctioneer, merchant, banker. Born at Clinton, Upper Canada. Son of Henry Ruth and Marie Overholt. Purchased interest in town of De Witt (first called Eldersport), Carroll Co., Missouri, 1837. Sold lots to Latter-day Saints. Moved...

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is my confidential friend anything  [you?] may say to him is safe, if you cannot come [p. 27]
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David Thomas

12 May 1797–25 Apr. 1845. Born at Flat Rock District, Bourbon Co., Kentucky. Son of Richard Thomas and Elizabeth Bowles. Married Martha Parker, 17 Mar. 1816. Migrated to Carrollton, Carroll Co., Missouri, 1833. With Henry Root, landowner at De Witt, Carroll...

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, Letter, Pleasant Park

Village (no longer exists) located about three miles west of De Witt. Included post office, 1835–1882. Resident David Thomas wrote to JS, 31 Mar. 1838, offering part of his land in area for possible settlement.

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, MO, to JS, Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, MO, 31 Mar. 1838; in JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, pp. 26–27; handwriting of George W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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