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Letter to Edward Hunter, 5 January 1842

the building below, which is nearly 10 feet high is devoted exclusively to Shelves. & drawers, Except 1 door opening back into the space, on the left of which are the cellar & chamber Stairs & on the Right the Counting Room;— from the space at the top of the chamber stairs, opens a door into the Large front room, of the same size with the one below.— the walls lined with counters. covered with reserve goods.— in front of the stairs opens the door to my Private Office, or where I keep the sacred writings. with a window to the south. overlooking the River

Principal U.S. river running southward from Itasca Lake, Minnesota, to Gulf of Mexico. Covered 3,160-mile course, 1839 (now about 2,350 miles). Drains about 1,100,000 square miles. Steamboat travel on Mississippi very important in 1830s and 1840s for shipping...

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below. & the opposite shore for a great distance, which together with the passage of boats in the season thereof, constitutes a peculiarly interesting situation, in prospect & no less interesting from its retirement from the bustle & confusion of the neighborhood & city. and altogether is a place the Lord is pleased to bless.—
The painting of the store has been excuted by some of our English bethen brethren.— & the counters, drawers— & pillars present a very respectble representation of Oak. Mahagony & Marble— for a back woods establishment,—
The Lord has blessed our exertions in a wonderful manner, and although some individuals have succeded in detaining goods. to a considerable amount for the time being, yet we have been enabled to scure goods in the building Sufficient to fill all the shelves. & soon as they were completed & have some in reserve, both in loft. & cellar. Our assortment, is tolerably good— very good considering the different purchases made by different individuals,— at different times, and under circumstances which controuled their choice to some extent, but, I rejoice [p. [2]]
the building below, which is nearly 10 feet high is devoted to  exclusively to Shelves. <&> drawers, Except 1 door opening back into  the space, on the left of which is are the cellar & chamber  Stairs & on the Right the Counting Room;— from the  space at the top of the chamber stairs, opens a door  into the Large front room, of the same size with  the one below.— the walls lined with counters. covered  with reserve goods.— in front of the stairs opens the  door to my Private Office, or where I keep the sacred  writings. with a window to the south. overlooking the  River

Principal U.S. river running southward from Itasca Lake, Minnesota, to Gulf of Mexico. Covered 3,160-mile course, 1839 (now about 2,350 miles). Drains about 1,100,000 square miles. Steamboat travel on Mississippi very important in 1830s and 1840s for shipping...

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below. & the opposite shore for a great distance,  <which> together with the passage of boats in the season thereof, constitutes  a peculiarly interesting situation, in prospect & no less interesting  from its retirement from the bustle & confusion of the neighborhood  & city. and altogether is a place the Lord is pleased to bless.—
The painting of the store has been excuted by some of our  English bethen [brethren].— & the counters, drawers— & pillars present a  very respectble representation of Oak. Mahagony & Marble—  for a back woods establishment,—
The Lord has blessed our exertions in a wonderful  manner, and although some individuals have succeded in  detain[in]g goods. to a considerable amount for the time being,  yet we have been enabled to scure goods in the building  Sufficient to fill all the shelves. <& soon as they were completed> & have some in reserve, both  in loft. & cellar. Our assortment, is tolerably good— very  good considering the different purchases made by different  individuals,— at different times, and under circumstances  which controuled their choice to some extent, but, I rejoice [p. [2]]
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