Letter from John E. Page, 1 September 1841

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as a preacher in order to stimulate the people to be nevolence for our mishion and I must say he caried  the matter through very effectually for he has left  but very little behind him for me to glean— tho  the Church in done the hansome  thing by me <yes> more than I expected all things I consid erd— experience has proved the correctness of my  step in going back to Dayton <to> sell my “Appeals”  for since I returned to and on the track  of I have found but little sale for he had  suplyed the market so I have some on hand yet  So it is has gon and that too on  the strength of my money and I am here but  not discouraged nor disheartened— I delight in  the cause and the mishion it is a long road that  has no turn my faith is I shall prehaps see   as soon as if I should  tarry till next Spring in If I can  rais $100 more I mean to put right strait for   and touch a<t> the European cities as  I return seeing is there and will give  the news as he goes and I will give the news as  I return and that will make a vericty [veracity?]—
There is one thing I am sure of and that  is this— before I would left and took all  the means with me and left behind  as he has me; I would have suffered my head to  have gon to the block or my body to the burning  stake— Fair play or no play is the beauty of  all plays— besides raising moneys for the mishion   has raised money for some land purpos es to some considerable extent besides sending  some hansome suplyes to his family where as I  have not sent one cent though I left the<m> as poor  as poor can be— the fact <is> I am willing to serve the  church but I do not like to be treated with con tempt— Your in Christ—
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as a preacher in order to stimulate the people to benevolence for our mishion and I must say he caried the matter through very effectually for he has left but very little behind him for me to glean— tho the Church in done the hansome thing by me yes more than I expected all things I considerd— experience has proved the correctness of my step in going back to Dayton to sell my “Appeals” for since I returned to and on the track of I have found but little sale for he had suplyed the market so I have some on hand yet So it is has gon and that too on the strength of my money and I am here but not discouraged nor disheartened— I delight in the cause and the mishion it is a long road that has no turn my faith is I shall prehaps see as soon as if I should tarry till next Spring in If I can rais $100 more I mean to put right strait for and touch at the European cities as I return seeing is there and will give the news as he goes and I will give the news as I return and that will make a vericty veracity—
There is one thing I am sure of and that is this— before I would left and took all the means with me and left behind as he has me; I would have suffered my head to have gon to the block or my body to the burning stake— Fair play or no play is the beauty of all plays— besides raising moneys for the mishion has raised money for some land purposes to some considerable extent besides sending some hansome suplyes to his family where as I have not sent one cent though I left them as poor as poor can be— the fact is I am willing to serve the church but I do not like to be treated with contempt— Your in Christ—
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