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Letter from Smith Tuttle, circa 15 September 1841

think of Mr [Sidney] Rigdon, as he so stated to me on his return, & we forwarded  the notes to our friend D. G. Whitney Esq at Quincy with instructions to call  on you but if you could not conveniently pay, by no means to press the  payment, & the first intimation I had of the delay you claim was from him—  I have known Mr H. too long to suppose that he would knowingly misrepre sent the case, neither do I suppose that you would do it, but you could not  I think have understood each other & I had supposed that after his interview with  you at the time he took the note signed by the Messrs Ivins. I supposed you  did <not> claim any more than the two years indulgence for the interest—  I did not understand your brother Hiram to claim it— I repeat so far  from Mr H. wishing to crush you, you have not a stronger advocate in  the Eastern states & hundreds of times in steam boats & other <public> places have  I heard him bear testimony to the correct conduct of your people & that  in no city had he ever seen so quiet a population at the same time  so industrious & where a stranger would be treated with more respect—  He has spread your persecutions in Missouri before the public in the most glowing  colors & has often declared in presence of the members of the Presbyterian Church  here (a very respectable Church) that he did not believe their Church contained  any more sincere Christians than the Church at Nauvoo— I have uniform ly read your paper (the times & seasons) in my Counting room to large numbers  & always keep them on my desk in my Counting room where they a[re]  read daily by many persons & you may rest assured that your denom ination of Christians are not viewed with that contempt that some  eastern editors would make you believe so far as my acquaintance  extends & public opinions is setting in your favor & will continue to do so as  long as your conduct as a body is correct— They will look more to  your moral conduct than to your religion— Could you have witnessed Mr  Hs regrets on learning from your letter the deaths that had taken place I  think you would have supposed he had some feeling for some of you. For a  length of time, after noticing this, he apparently lost sight of the business  contents of the letter— I think one reason why you cannot so readily sell  the lands purchased of us, is, because the title is not complete untill  you can get a deed from us, & which in my opinion is quite desirable—  Mr Hotchkiss left his note against the Messrs Ivins, with a friend to negotiate  in N. Jersey, as Mr James Ivins was absent on a visit toPhiladelphia & Mr  H was also disappointed in finding him absent although it was no fault of  Mr Ivins as he did not know that Mr H. would call on him— He <Mr H.> is absent  from home much of his time on business, & it was with much difficulty he could  get time to go to N. Jersey— I think we mentioned to your Brother & Dr G. [p. [3]]
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Smith Tuttle, Letter, New Haven, CT, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, ca. 15 Sept. 1841; presumably handwriting of Smith Tuttle; five pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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