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Letter from Don Carlos Smith, 3 June 1841

Bare with me Joseph while I write— I have no opportunity to converse with you— you are thronged with business— and all the time (almost) in the narrows, straining the last link, as it were, to get out of this & that Pinch &c. &c. all this I know, I am not ignorant of it— I have been, and now am in the same mill— when I’ll. get through the hopper I know not, one thing I do know, and that is this when I got into the hopper in this place I was owing in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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and elsewhere about $200,00 or more and w [hole in page] not worth a red cent. I borrowed money to commence business— built a log cabbin— built an office— was sick upwards of 11 months with my family— have not obtained any thing on the rise of property— did not purchase any lots in the city because I knew you must have your money for them or loose the whole— I have labored hard early. and latefared hard— received nothing by speculation, or rise of property; but in the midst of all, I have not complained, nor will I— but have tried to be content, and done the best I knew how. I have paid the best part of my old debts, [p. [2]]
Bare with me Joseph while I write— I  have no opportunity to converse with  you— you are thronged with busi ness— and all the time (almost) in the  narrows, straining the last link, as it  were, to get out of this & that Pinch  &c. &c. all this I know, I am not ig norant of it— I have been, and now  am in the <same> mill— when I’ll. get  through the hopper I know not,  one thing I do know, and that is  this when I got into the hopper in  this place I was owing in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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 and elsewhere about $200,00 <or more> and <up◊◊◊ds> w [hole in page]  not worth a red cent. I borrowed money  to commence business— built a log  cabbin— built an office— was sick  upwards of 11 months with my family — have not obtained any thing on the  rise of property— did not purchase  any lots in the city because I knew  you must have your money  for them or loose the whole— I  have labored hard early. and late fared hard— received nothing by spec ulation, or rise of property; but in  the midst of all, I have not complained,  nor will I— but have tried to be con tent, and done the best I knew how. I  have paid the best part of my old debts, [p. [2]]
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Don Carlos Smith

25 Mar. 1816–7 Aug. 1841. Farmer, printer, editor. Born at Norwich, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816–Jan. 1817. Moved to Manchester, Ontario Co., 1825. Baptized into LDS church by David...

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, Letter, 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, 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, 3 June 1841; handwriting of Don Carlos Smith

25 Mar. 1816–7 Aug. 1841. Farmer, printer, editor. Born at Norwich, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816–Jan. 1817. Moved to Manchester, Ontario Co., 1825. Baptized into LDS church by David...

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; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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