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Letter to Orville Browning and Nehemiah Bushnell, 7 December 1841

Letter to Orville Browning and Nehemiah Bushnell, 7 December 1841

Copy of a letter to [Nehemiah] Bushnell  and [Orville] Browning of Quincy
Decr. 7th 1841
Esqrs. Browning & Bushnell,
Gentlemen,
Your letter of 23rd Ultimo, concerning  two notes placed in your hands by Messrs,  [James] Halsted [Richard] Haines & Co against myself and thirty one  others for collection, was duly received.
In reply I must inform you, that I  am not in the possession of means, belonging  to me individually to liquidate those notes at  present. The reason is apparent to every one; I  need not relate to you the persecution I  have suffered and the loss & confiscation of  all my effects at various times, as a reason  of my inability; you know it all, and so  do the gentlemen whose notes you hold for  collection. But I wish you to say to them,  that if they will give me my time, (and no  more than than I must necessarily have,)  they shall have their pay in some way or  other; that I have the means at command in  the east, which, with a sufficient indulgence,  will enable me to pay them every whit, but un less this is granted me it will be impossible  for me to do so. All I ask of those gentle men and of this generation is, that they  should not tie up my hands, nor thwart me  in my opperations; if this is granted me,  I pledge my word, yea my sacred honor that  all that can in fairness be demanded at my  hands, either now or at any time, shall ul timately be adjusted to the satisfaction of all concerned.  This is all that I can say at this time, or do, hoping that you  will communicate to Msrs. Halsted Hains & Co the contents, or at  all events the purport of this letter, together with  my sincere regard for their welfare, and as re gards you, Gentlemen, I remain
Very Respectfully yr. obt. Servt.
Joseph Smith
pr. J[ohn] S. Fullmer Sec’y [p. 217]
JS, Letter, Nauvoo, IL, to Orville Browning and Nehemiah Bushnell, Quincy, IL, 7 Dec. 1841; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 217; handwriting of John Fullmer; JS Collection, CHL.

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