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Letter from J. W. Lotson, 7 January 1842

I hope you will not think hard of me for coming home, I remained in St. Louis

Located on west side of Mississippi River about fifteen miles south of confluence with Missouri River. Founded as fur-trading post by French settlers, 1764. Incorporated as town, 1809. First Mississippi steamboat docked by town, 1817. Incorporated as fourth...

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, untill the next Sunday after Br miller left, on board the Steamer I fell in with Judge Craton of the Supream Court of the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, who was on his way to 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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to hold the Supream court their he is the judge of the U. St curcuit court of 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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, Congress has appropiated 10.000 $ fuor a mission and to civilized the Osage Indians of which he has the charge and offerd it to me with the protiction of the U. S. Court. Genl. Mc. Neal was allso one of the party who strongly urdge me to accept it if I went to the west to Live I parcily agreed to take charge of the mision if the Indian agenece was added to this propsistion the Judge & Genl bouth pledge themselves to use their influance with the President and had no dout of my Obtaining it, and Strongly urdge me to go on to 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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with them to get the appointment this I declined leding ill health as the reason, for I did not want to do anything in the primises untill I knew your mind on the subject, which you will pleas commuicate and I will act accordingly they did not know of my being a member of the Church of Later day Saints [p. [2]]
I hope you will not think hard of me  for coming home, I remained in St.  Louis

Located on west side of Mississippi River about fifteen miles south of confluence with Missouri River. Founded as fur-trading post by French settlers, 1764. Incorporated as town, 1809. First Mississippi steamboat docked by town, 1817. Incorporated as fourth...

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, untill the next Sunday after Br  miller left, on board the Steamer I fell in  with Judge Craton of the Supream Court  of the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, who was on his way  to 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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to hold the Supream court  their he is the judge of the <U. St> curcuit cou[r]t  of 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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, Congress has appropiated  10.000 $ fuor a mission and to civilized th[e]  Osage Indians of which he has the charge  and offerd it to me with the protiction of  the U. S. Court. Genl. Mc. Neal was allso  one of the party who strongly urdge me  to accept it if I went to the west to Live  I parcily agreed to take charge of the  mision if the Indian ageneces was added  to this propsistion the Judge & Genl  bouth pledge themselves to use their in fluance with the President and had no  dout of my Obtaining it, and Strongly  urdge me to go on to 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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with  them to get the appointment  this I declined aleding ill health as the  reason, for I did not want to do anything  in the primises untill I knew your mind  on the subject, which you will pleas  commuicate and I will act accordingly  they did not know of my being a member  of the Church of Later day Saints [p. [2]]
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J. W. Lotson, Letter, New York City

Dutch founded New Netherland colony, 1625. Incorporated under British control and renamed New York, 1664. Harbor contributed to economic and population growth of city; became largest city in American colonies. British troops defeated Continental Army under...

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, NY, 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, 7 Jan. 1842; three pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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