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Letter from John Bernhisel, 12 July 1841

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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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July 12, 1841.
Dear Brother,
I have received your favor of the 13th of April, informing me that it would be impossible to enter any land except prairie at Congress price, and kindly offering to procure a suitable place for me if I should advise you to do so. Enclosed you will receive a certificate of deposite for four hundred and twenty five dollars on the Greenwich bank in this 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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, and you will have the goodness to purchase as soon as a a favorable opportunity offers (for I presume it will advance rapidly in price) as large a tract of good land, with a sufficient quantity of timber, in a healthful location, and within a convenient distance, say one two or three miles of 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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, as you can for about five hundred dollars, the remaining seventy five I will remit to you on or before the 1st of July of next year. Be pleased to have the deed recorded and retain it in your possession until the balance is paid, for I suppose it will not be necessary to execute a mortgage on the property for so small an amount. Of the value of the improvements I care but little as my object is to procure as large a tract of land as I can with my limited means. When you have made the purchase, you will please to rent it to such a tenant and on such terms as you would if it were your own. You will greatly oblige me by immediately acknowledging the receipt of the enclosed certificate, and writing me when you have effected a purchase. [p. [1]]
New York

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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July 12, 1841.
Dear Brother,
I have received your favor of the  13th of April, informing me that it would be impossible  to enter any land except prairie at Congress price, and  kindly offering to procure a suitable place for me if  I should advise you to do so. Enclosed you will receive  a certificate of deposite for four hundred and twenty  five dollars on the Greenwich bank in this 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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, and  you will have the goodness to purchase as soon as a  a favorable opportunity offers (for I presume it will  advance rapidly in price) as large a tract of good land,  with a sufficient quantity of timber, in a healthful location,  and within a convenient distance, say one two or three  miles of 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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, as you can for about five hundred  dollars, the remaining seventy five I will remit to you  on or before the 1st of July of next year. Be pleased  to have the deed recorded and retain it in your  possession until the balance is paid, for I suppose  it will not be necessary to execute a mortgage on the  property for so small an amount. Of the value of the  improvements I care but little as my object is to procure  as large a tract of land as I can with my limited means.  When you have made the purchase, you will please to  rent it to such a tenant and on such terms as you would  if it were your own. You will greatly oblige me by  immediately acknowledging the receipt of the enclosed  certificate, and writing me when you have effected a purchase. [p. [1]]
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John Bernhisel, 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, 12 July 1841; handwriting of John Bernhisel; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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