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Letter from Elias Higbee, 24 March 1840

no money to get home on, and I hardly know what course to take in regard to the matter. If I do not receive a letter in two or three days, I design leaving for Phild.

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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or the west. There is one honest, quaker, looking sort of a man here by the name of William Green (instead of John Green as I stated in a letter to Bro. Robinson) who has two Iron printing presses, with other things necessary, that would come to commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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, provided you could find work for him, and inform him of the same. How much work there is to do I know not, therefore merely write that if such a man & establishment is wanted you could easily obtain them or would know where they could be obtained. He believes as much in our religion as any other but not much in any. Yours in the Lord
Elias Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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I would just observe, that information has reached this place, through some of the News Papers, that you have come out for Harrison; It is said that the information came by some Gentlemen who obtained it from you, whilst in your company in passing through the State of Indiana
Another Papers states that 1000 houses are to be built in Commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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this season, which I hope is the truth. I would just observe (on the subject of our business) I am sorry Judge Young had not insisted on the motion to print our papers as it would have been opposed, then a speech from Clay and Mr. Preston would have been brot forth, as I have since learned; but I think it was a trick of the Missouri

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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Senators to slide it along without making a noise, by its going to the committee as it did. Judge Young says he was anxious to have it brought before the Committee, but seemed disposed to let it slide along easily rather than run the risk of its being refused. If he had let those speeches been made, almost every one would have read them; which would have shamed Missouri

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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(if there is any shame in her), and waked up the whole country, so that by another year Congress would do something for us— But there is no need of crying for spilt milk [p. 106]
no money to get home on, and I hardly know what  course to take in regard to the matter. If I do not receive  a letter in two or three days, I design leaving for Phild.

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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or  the west. There is one honest, quaker, looking sort of a  man by here by the name of William Green (instead of  John Green as I stated in a letter to Bro. Robinson) who  has two Iron printing presses, with other things necessary,  that would come to commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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, provided you could find  work for him, and inform him of the same. How much  work there is to do I know not, therefore merely write  that if such a man & establishment are is wanted you could  easily obtain them or would know where they could be  obtained. He believes as much in our religion as any other  but not much in any. Yours in the Lord
E[lias] Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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P.S
I would just observe, that information has reached this  place, through some of the News Papers, that you have  come out for Harrison; It is said that the information  came by some Gentlemen who obtained it from you, whilst  in your company in passing through the State of Indiana
Another Papers states that 1000 houses are to be built in  Commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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this season, which I hope is the truth. I would  just observe (on the subject of our business) I am sorry Judge  Young had not insisted on the motion to print our papers  as it would have been opposed, then a speech from Clay  and Mr. Preston would have been brot forth, as I have since  learned; but I think it was a trick of the Missouri

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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Sena tors to slide it along without making a noise, by its  going to the as it did committee as it did. Judge  Young says he was anxious to have it brought before the  Committee, but seemed disposed to let it slide along easily  rather than run the risk of its being refused. If he had  let those speeches been made, almost every one would  have read them; which would have shamed Missouri

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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 (if there is any shame in her), and waked up the whole  country, so that by another year Congress would do something  for us— But there is no need of crying for spilt milk [p. 106]
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Elias Higbee

23 Oct. 1795–8 June 1843. Clerk, judge, surveyor. Born at Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. Son of Isaac Higbee and Sophia Somers. Moved to Clermont Co., Ohio, 1803. Married Sarah Elizabeth Ward, 10 Sept. 1818, in Tate Township, Clermont Co. Lived at ...

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, letter, Washington DC

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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, 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, 24 Mar. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 105–107; JS Collection, CHL.

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