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Letterbook 2

A charter has been obtained from the Legislature for a Rail road from Warsaw

Located at foot of Des Moines Rapids of Mississippi River at site of three military forts: Fort Johnson (1814), Cantonment Davis (1815–1818), and Fort Edwards (1816–1824). First settlers participated in fur trade. Important trade and shipping center. Post...

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being immediately below the rapids of the Mississippi to this place a distance of about Tewenty miles which if carried into opperation will be of incalculable advantage to this place as steam Boats can only asscend the rapids at a high stage of water. The soil is good and I should think not inferior to any in the state

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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. Cropps are abundant in this section of the Country, and I think provisions will be reasonable. I should be very happy could I make arrangements to meet you in Springfield

Settled by 1819. Incorporated as town, 1832. Became state capital, 1837. Incorporated as city, 1840. Sangamon Co. seat. Population in 1840 about 2,600. Stake of LDS church organized in Springfield, Nov. 1840; discontinued May 1841; branch organized, Jan. ...

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at the time you mention but cannot promise myself that pleasure; if I should not, probably you could make it convenient to come and pay us a visit here prior to your removal.
Elder Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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is very sick, and has been for nearly twelve months with the fever and Ague which disease is very prevalent here at this time; at present he is not able to leave his room
Yours &c,
Joseph Smith Jr
John C. Bennett

3 Aug. 1804–5 Aug. 1867. Physician, minister, poultry breeder. Born at Fairhaven, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Bennett and Abigail Cook. Moved to Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, 1808; to Massachusetts, 1812; and back to Marietta, 1822. Married ...

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M.D.
P.S. Yours of the 30th. is just received in which I am glad to learn of your increasing desire to unite yourself with a people “That are every way spoken against” and the anxiety you feel for our welfare for which you have my best feelings and I pray that my Heavenly Father will pour out his choicist blessings in this world and enable you by his grace to overcome the evils which are in the world that you may secure a blissful immortality in the world that is to come.
J. S. Jr. [p. 178]
A charter has been obtained from the Legislature for a  Rail road from Warsaw

Located at foot of Des Moines Rapids of Mississippi River at site of three military forts: Fort Johnson (1814), Cantonment Davis (1815–1818), and Fort Edwards (1816–1824). First settlers participated in fur trade. Important trade and shipping center. Post...

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being immediately below the rap ids of the Mississippi to this place a distance of about  Tewenty miles which if carried into opperation will be  of incalculable advantage to this place as steam  Boats can only asscend the rapids at a high stage  of water. The soil is good and I should think not inf erior to any in the state

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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. Cropps are abundant in this  section of the Country, and I think provisions will be  reasonable. I should be very happy could I make  arrangements to meet you in Springfield

Settled by 1819. Incorporated as town, 1832. Became state capital, 1837. Incorporated as city, 1840. Sangamon Co. seat. Population in 1840 about 2,600. Stake of LDS church organized in Springfield, Nov. 1840; discontinued May 1841; branch organized, Jan. ...

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at the time  you mention but cannot promise myself that pleasure; if  I should not, probably you could make it convenient to  come and pay us a visit here prior to your removal.
Elder Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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is very sick, and has been for nearly  twelve months with the fever and Ague which disease  is very prevalent here at this time; at present he is not  able to leave his room
Yours &c,
Joseph Smith Jr
J[ohn] C. Bennett

3 Aug. 1804–5 Aug. 1867. Physician, minister, poultry breeder. Born at Fairhaven, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Bennett and Abigail Cook. Moved to Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, 1808; to Massachusetts, 1812; and back to Marietta, 1822. Married ...

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M.D.
P.S. Yours of the 30th. is just received in which  I am glad to learn of your increasing desire to unite  yourself with a people “That are every way spoken  against” and the anxiety you feel for our welfare for  which you have my best feelings and I pray that  my Heavenly Father will pour out his choicist blessings  in this world and enable you by his grace to overcome  the evils which are in the world that you may secure  a blissful immortality in the world that is to come.
J. S. Jr. [p. 178]
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, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.

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