Letter from Samuel Bent and George W. Harris, 23 September 1840

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Sept. 23d. 1840
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We gladly embrace this opportunity of conveying a few lines to you by who, I expect will leave this place for in a few days. Brother and myself have visited the several of the Church in , Pike Co, & .
On our way we stoped at and Pleasant Garden, Indiana; we found the bretheren generally willing and anxious to do all in their power to assist the church in the great and glorious cause that we have engaged in respecting the printing of the several Books in contemplation; but, I am sorry to say, I found them destitute of the means to relieve our present necessity. However we have succeeded in obtaining several notes of hand from different bretheren in the state of to the amount of about Eighty three dollars which will come due on the first day of Oct next and we have handed them over to for to be delivered to Joseph Smith Jr. for collection.
We expect will arrive with them at the time they become due. We have obtained some money which we have paid over to Br. we have also given our obligations as agents for the church to Mr. Shepherd [Edwin Shepard] & [George] Stearns to the amount of three hundred dollars, two hundred of which becomes due on the 26th. day of Nov. next and the other one hundred on the 26th day of December next being the amount due Shepherd and Stearns for the Stereotype Plates. We have taken up the bonds that bro. Brown gave for the waggon or carraige which he let Joseph Smith Jr. have, and we have succeeded in procuring a horse and harness to put along side of the other horse to make it easier for him. We got said horse and harness by contribution from the bretheren at & West Milton Ohio— Bro. (we think) has been very economical, diligent [p. 179]
Sept. 23d. 1840
To The
& of the
We gladly embrace this opportunity of conveying a few lines to you by who, I expect will leave this place for in a few days. Brother and myself have visited the several of the Church in , Pike Co, & .
On our way we stoped at and Pleasant Garden, Indiana; we found the bretheren generally willing and anxious to do all in their power to assist the church in the great and glorious cause that we have engaged in respecting the printing of the several Books in contemplation; but, I am sorry to say, I found them destitute of the means to relieve our present necessity. However we have succeeded in obtaining several notes of hand from different bretheren in the state of to the amount of about Eighty three dollars which will come due on the first day of Oct next and we have handed them over to to be delivered to Joseph Smith Jr. for collection.
We expect will arrive with them at the time they become due. We have obtained some money which we have paid over to Br. we have also given our obligations as agents for the church to Mr. Shepherd [Edwin Shepard] & George Stearns to the amount of three hundred dollars, two hundred of which becomes due on the 26th. day of Nov. next and the other one hundred on the 26th day of December next being the amount due Shepherd and Stearns for the Stereotype Plates. We have taken up the bond that bro. Brown gave for the waggon or carraige which he let Joseph Smith Jr. have, and we have succeeded in procuring a horse and harness to put along side of the other horse to make it easier for him. We got said horse and harness by contribution from the bretheren at & West Milton Ohio— Bro. (we think) has been very economical, diligent [p. 179]
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