Letter to Isaac Galland, 19 January 1842

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Copy of a letter to Dr.
 
January 19, 1842
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Dr. Sir,
By your reply of the 18 <i[n]st> to my note of the  17[th].— I am led to conclude that you received my com munication in a manner altogether unintended by me,  and that there may be no misunderstanding between us  and that you may be satisfied that I did not  intend, and that I do not now intend any thing  only upon the principles of the strictest integrity & uprightness  before God, and to do as I would be done unto,— I will state  that I have become embarrassed in my operations. to some <a certain> extent  and partly from a presentation of Notes which you, as my Agent,  had given for lands purchased in the eastern States, they having  been sent to me. I have been obliged to cash them. and having  no returns from you to meet those demands, or even the  trifling expenses of your outfit, it has placed me in rather  an unpleasant situation, and having a considerable amount  of your scrip on hand,— enough, as I supposed, to counterbalance  the debts due you, and leave a balance in my favor, to some  extent even if it were small, and as I was pressed for funds  from the causes above mentioned as well as others, I had  hoped it would be convenient for you to lend me some  assistance, at the present time, and this was the reason  why I sent a messenger to you as I did. And now. sir  that we may have no misunderstanding, in this matter  I think we had better have a settlement, and if I am ow ing you I will pay you as soon as I can. & if you owe  me, I shall only expect the same thing in return, for it is  an old and trite maxim, that short reckonings make long fri[e]nds  With this view of the matter I would request you to call  as soon as you can possibly make it convenient and compare  accounts, so that all things may be understood most perfectly  between us in future, time, and that all occasion for unpleasant  feelings, if any such there be, may be entirely obliterated.
I remain, Sir, Most Respectfully yours, &c.
Joseph Smith
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Copy of a letter to Dr.
 
January 19, 1842
,
Dr. Sir,
By your reply of the 18 inst to my note of the 17[th].— I am led to conclude that you received my communication in a manner altogether unintended by me, and that there may be no misunderstanding between us and that you may be satisfied that I did not intend, and that I do not now intend any thing only upon the principles of the strictest integrity & uprightness before God, and to do as I would be done unto,— I will state that I have become embarrassed in my operations. to a certain extent and partly from a presentation of Notes which you, as my Agent, had given for lands purchased in the eastern States, they having been sent to me. I have been obliged to cash them. and having no returns from you to meet those demands, or even the trifling expenses of your outfit, it has placed me in rather an unpleasant situation, and having a considerable amount of your scrip on hand,— enough, as I supposed, to counterbalance the debts due you, and leave a balance in my favor, to some extent even if it were small, and as I was pressed for funds from the causes above mentioned as well as others, I had hoped it would be convenient for you to lend me some assistance, at the present time, and this was the reason why I sent a messenger to you as I did. And now. sir that we may have no misunderstanding, in this matter I think we had better have a settlement, and if I am owing you I will pay you as soon as I can. & if you owe me, I shall only expect the same in return, for it is an old and trite maxim, that short reckonings make long friends With this view of the matter I would request you to call as soon as you can possibly make it convenient and compare accounts, so that all things may be understood most perfectly between us in future, time, and that all occasion for unpleasant feelings, if any such there be, may be entirely obliterated.
I remain, Sir, Most Respectfully yours, &c.
Joseph Smith
Scribe [p. 225]
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