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Letter from George Fidler, 23 March 1842

that I was anxious to pay him I gave him a Note. due Next Decr. for. $25. and he excepted accepted it. as security for the Debt, by these diabolical Lies circulating without provocation, I gave up what since I may have converted in to. “Food” for my family.
Could I by any means repay back your due by my Labour gladly would I embrace the opportunity, I once asked Milikin Arthur Millikin

9 May 1817–23 Apr. 1882. Clerk, saddler, laborer, baggage master. Born at Saco, York Co., Maine. Son of Edward Millikin and Hannah Andrews. Baptized into LDS church, ca. 1835. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1837. Moved to Missouri, 1838. Served as...

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when you first open’d the store

Completed 1841. Opened for business, 5 Jan. 1842. Owned by JS, but managed mostly by others, after 1842. First floor housed JS’s general store and counting room, where tithing was received and recorded. On second floor, one of two small rooms served as JS...

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, to ask you if you would allow me to keep your books as I could attend to. it of an evening after any other employment was finished stating to him some time that I was indebted to you. and wod like to work it out in that way. but “No” I much fear that the kindness you evinced towards me when with you (for I cannot assign any other reason) raised that despicable monster, “Jealousy” in the bosom of one under your directions in the same department, and by those reasons was not allowed, if possible by his voice to have my tender’d services excepted you may think me not acting candid in at once, declaring who I am now hurling my thoughts against. I hate to prevaricate. or dissemble. “Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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” is the person I now allude to. it was me that. he caused to leave your establishment. before my work was complete. I was perfectly satisfied with you. when you discharged me and proud of the affectionate and kind manner you adressed me that morning. about my— services being no longer required, but with him I must say he acted a double part if I wrong him in thinking that he prevented me from working out my debt may I be forgiven but such is my feelings at present. or why when he heard I was dissatisfied. about leaving, through him shod. he have left word I may return and finish the Books.
I sincerely hope you will not for one moment induldge the thought that I have thus portray’d this subject in glowing Colours to excite an act of Charity from your generous breast “No” Sir “very different are my views. can I get time to pay my just debts, I shall in a short time be enabled to raise my head.” again in this City

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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, free from the Fetters of Debt, all I ask all [p. [3]]
that I was anxious to pay him I gave him a Note. due Next  Decr. for. $25. and he excepted [accepted] it. as security for the Debt, by these  diabolical Lies circulating without provocation, I gave up what  since I may have converted in to. “Food” for my family.
Could I by any means repay back your due by my  Labour gladly would I embrace the opportunity, I once asked on  Milikin [Arthur Millikin]

9 May 1817–23 Apr. 1882. Clerk, saddler, laborer, baggage master. Born at Saco, York Co., Maine. Son of Edward Millikin and Hannah Andrews. Baptized into LDS church, ca. 1835. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1837. Moved to Missouri, 1838. Served as...

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when you first open’d the store

Completed 1841. Opened for business, 5 Jan. 1842. Owned by JS, but managed mostly by others, after 1842. First floor housed JS’s general store and counting room, where tithing was received and recorded. On second floor, one of two small rooms served as JS...

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, to ask you if you would  allow me to keep your books as I could attend to. <it> of an evening  after any other employment was finished stating to him some <time>  that I was indebted to you. and wod like to work it out in  that way. but “No” I much fear that the kindness you evinced  towards me when with you (for I cannot assign any other reason) raised  that despicable monster, “Jealousy” in the bosom of one under your  directions in the same department, and by those reasons was not allowed,  if possible by his voice to have my tender’d services excepted you may  think me not acting candid in at once, declaring who I am now hurling  my thoughts against. I hate to prevaricate. or dissemble. “[Newel K.] Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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” is  the person I now allude to. it was me that. he caused to leave your  estab[lis]hment. before my work was complete. I was perfectly satisfi[ed]  with you. when you discharged me and proud of the affectionate  and kind manner you adressed me that morning. about my—  services being no longer required, but with him I must say he acted  a double part if I wrong him in thinging thinking that he prevented  me from working out my debt may I be forgiven but such is my  feelings at present. or why when he heard I was dissatisfied. about  leaving, through him shod. he have left word I may return and finish  the Books.
I sincerely hope you will not for one moment induldge the  thought that I have such thus portray’d this subject in glowing  Colours to excite an act of Charity from your generous breast “No”  Sir “very different are my views. can I get time to pay my just  debts, I shall in a short time be enabled to raise my head.”  again in this City

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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, free from the Fetters of Debt, all I ask all [p. [3]]
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George Fidler, 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, 23 Mar. 1842; handwriting presumably of George Fidler; four pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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