Letter from John Vance, 1 November 1841

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Ill. Nov 1st 1841
Brother Smith you will recollect I addressed you a line last Summer by in relation to the propriety of exchanging my farm for one in , as an opportunity then offered, informed me, you thought it most expedient for me to stay where I was, now you could not infer from that letter that I solicited permition to stay, neither do I wish to be understood so at presant, for I do Know that I <feel> perfectly resigned & subject to the council & instruction of the Presiden[c]y, but thinking it highly probable that my case might be an execption to a general rule, or to the instructions previously published in the times & Seasons, I therefore laid my case before you requesting the mind & will of the Lord concerning me, determined at the same time to make any sacrafise that he might require so I feel yet, and as informed me you was some what thronged at that time, and might not have duely considered or reflected on the subject I again lay it before you
Now in regard to the Subject presented this morning it is this, I have 280 Acres of land 9 Miles West of 10 Miles East of in in 4 miles of the County line of , which I consider worth 7$ per acre but owing to the presure of time I cant sell it, which I wish to appropriate (with the execption of, say 200$,) in that way which will be most expedient for the promotion of the work of the Lord I have proposed in my own mind a part to the a part to the & the balance to the printing of the Scriptures If otherwise however would be more advisable I am subject to council. Now you will please devise a plan ways & means by which this property can be brought to bear on the subject & oblige one who esteems you as a friend & brother in the new & everlasting Covenant
John Vance
To Joseph Smith [p. [1]]
Ill. Nov 1st 1841
Brother Smith you will recollect I addressed you a line last Summer by in relation to the propriety of exchanging my farm for one in , as an opportunity then offered, informed me, you thought it most expedient for me to stay where I was, now you could not infer from that letter that I solicited permition to stay, neither do I wish to be understood so at presant, for I do Know that I feel perfectly resigned & subject to the council & instruction of the Presidency, but thinking it highly probable that my case might be an execption to a general rule, or to the instructions previously published in the times & Seasons, I therefore laid my case before you requesting the mind & will of the Lord concerning me, determined at the same time to make any sacrafise that he might require so I feel yet, and as informed me you was some what thronged at that time, and might not have duely considered or reflected on the subject I again lay it before you
Now in regard to the Subject presented this morning it is this, I have 280 Acres of land 9 Miles West of 10 Miles East of in in 4 miles of the County line of , which I consider worth 7$ per acre but owing to the presure of time I cant sell it, which I wish to appropriate (with the execption of, say 200$,) in that way which will be most expedient for the promotion of the work of the Lord I have proposed in my own mind a part to the a part to the & the balance to the printing of the Scriptures If otherwise however would be more advisable I am subject to council. Now you will please devise a plan ways & means by which this property can be brought to bear on the subject & oblige one who esteems you as a friend & brother in the new & everlasting Covenant
John Vance
To Joseph Smith [p. [1]]
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