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Letter from John Laws, 18 October 1841

his late farm was worth and the very next week afterwards they sold the same farm which they had pretended to purchase at $6000 to a grocer in Philadelphia

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for the sum of $3000 just one half, the poor duped farmer has a wife and Children and their little homestead has now been forever lost to them by the swindlings of these pretended latter day Saints, are there no thunders in Heaven”
Now although I firmly believe that the whole of the above Charge (as regards its criminality) is utterly destitute of truth like the “cruel Murder of Mr Harris” I think it proper to be prepared in case of another attack by the Press and to enable me to be so if Mr Pearce resides in Nauvo

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 Mr [John E.] Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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informs me he does) I wish to obtain his deposition touching the facts of the Case.
The following form I suggest for the benefit of the functionary who may be employed.
State of Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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)
ss
County of [blank])
Be it Known that on the [blank] day of [blank] AD 1841 Before me A B [blank] a Justice of the Peace (or Judge of the Court of &c as the case may be) in and for the said County personally appeard [blank] Pierce of the city of Nauvo

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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in the County and State aforesaid Farmer late of Chester County in the State of Pennsylvania who being duly sworn according to law doth depose and say that (state the facts touching the sale and all the Materials points concerning it) and such other matters as may be deemed by you important and comporting with the truth) and further deponent saith not.
Pearce
Sworn to and subscribed the Day and year first above written, Before me
A B
Justice of the Peace or Judge of &c (as the case may be) [p. [2]]
his late farm was worth and the very next week afterwards they sold  the same farm which they had pretended to purchase at $6000  to a grocer in Philadelphia

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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for the sum of $3000 just one half, the poor  duped farmer has a wife and Children and their little homestead  has now been forever lost to them by the swindlings of these pretend ed latter day Saints, are there no thunders in Heaven”
Now although I firmly believe that the whole of the above  Charge (as regards its criminality) is utterly destitute of truth like  the “cruel Murder of Mr Harris” I think it proper to be prepared  in case of another attack by the Press and to enable me to be so  if Mr Pearce resides in Nauvo

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 Mr [John E.] Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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informs me he does)  I wish to obtain his deposition touching the facts of the Case.
The following form I suggest for the benefit of the functionary  who may be employed.
State of Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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)
ss
County of [blank])
Be it Known that on the [blank] day of [blank] AD 1841  Before me A B [blank] a Justice of the Peace (or Judge of the Court of &c as the  case may be) in and for the said County personally appeard [blank] Pierce  of the city of Nauvo

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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in the County and State aforesaid Farmer late of Chester  County in the State of Pennsylvania who being duly sworn according to law  doth depose and say that (state the facts touching the sale and all the Materials  points concerning it) and such other matters as may be deemed by you  important and comporting with the truth) and further deponent saith  not.
Pearce
Sworn to and subscribed  the Day and year first  above written, Before me
A B
Justice of the Peace or Judge of &c  (as the case may be) [p. [2]]
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John Laws, Letter, Philadelphia

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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, PA, 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, 18 Oct. 1841; presumably handwriting of John Laws; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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