Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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And Lot for $100 Cash, and could not get that— & others have turned  out their farms to pay J S. & debts & take orders upon them & the at   for land there, but I fear for them, you state in your letter that you  have lost six thousand dollars paper— now I will tell you what  Joseph Smith Jr told me when he was here on his [way?] West last Sept, I asked  him about you, he said you had bagg of money & could pay all of your debts  if you would, I asked him if you did not loose by the bank & he said no— not a  cent, He said you never took it for goods any longer than it would pay your debts.  And after that you refused to take it, besides you loaned two thousand out of the  bank which you never paid but exchanged a large amount with a broker in   at 5 per cent for specie when you and went west last fall  and you bought land, hired a house built &c, this however I believe to be a lie  amongst the rest. As respects my temporal concerns, I am at present  much embarrassed in consequence of that store concern, has  never paid a cent but kept out of my way as that I have not seen him since last  fall, we have paid six or seven thousand hundred dollars & are now sued for  the remainder which is near sixteen hundred dollars and I do not know but we  shall have to sell out altogether, if we should at a tolerable fair rate we should  have about four thousand dollars left, I rather think I shall go west if there is an  opportunity to do well, I wish you would write respecting the country and to what  advantage I could lay out my money if I should come there, I believe I wrote  you that I had a note of one hundred dollars made by A Barney & signed over  by — Barney has run away like other lickskillets & if there is  any chance to get anything if I shound send the note to you I wish you would  write in your next— was in and going go  about six weeks since, nothing of late from — the Spring has been  remarkably forward so much so that the lake navigation opened in March, there  are in , , and others who still believe the  Book of Mormon &c but discard Joseph & proposed an investigation of  the subject, and took up on the negative, but I have not heard how they  got along with it, I am well satisfied for myself that if the witnesses whose names  are attached to the Book of Mormon never saw the plates as admits that  there can be nothing brought to prove that any such thing ever existed for it is  said on the 171 page of the book of covenants that the three should testify that they  had seen the plates even as J S Jr & if they only saw them spiritually or in vision  with their eyes shut— J S Jr never saw them in any other light way & if so  the plates were only visionary and I am well satisfied that the 29 & 37 Chaps  of Isai[a]h & Ezek[i]el together with others in which we depended to prove the truth of  the book of Mormon have no bearing when correctly understood but are [p. 65]
And Lot for $100 Cash, and could not get that— & others have turned out their farms to pay J S. & debts & take orders upon them & the at for land there, but I fear for them, you state in your letter that you have lost six thousand dollars paper— now I will tell you what Joseph Smith Jr told me when he was here on his [way?] West last Sept, I asked him about you, he said you had bagg of money & could pay all of your debts if you would, I asked him if you did not loose by the bank & he said no— not a cent, He said you never took it for goods any longer than it would pay your debts. And after that you refused to take it, besides you loaned two thousand out of the bank which you never paid but exchanged a large amount with a broker in at 5 per cent for specie when you and went west last fall and you bought land, hired a house built &c, this however I believe to be a lie amongst the rest. As respects my temporal concerns, I am at present much embarrassed in consequence of that store concern, has never paid a cent but kept out of my way as that I have not seen him since last fall, we have paid six or seven hundred dollars & are now sued for the remainder which is near sixteen hundred dollars and I do not know but we shall have to sell out altogether, if we should at a tolerable fair rate we should have about four thousand dollars left, I rather think I shall go west if there is an opportunity to do well, I wish you would write respecting the country and to what advantage I could lay out my money if I should come there, I believe I wrote you that I had a note of one hundred dollars made by A Barney & signed over by — Barney has run away like other lickskillets & if there is any chance to get anything if I shound send the note to you I wish you would write in your next— was in and going go about six weeks since, nothing of late from — the Spring has been remarkably forward so much so that the lake navigation opened in March, there are in , , and others who still believe the Book of Mormon &c but discard Joseph & proposed an investigation of the subject, and took up on the negative, but I have not heard how they got along with it, I am well satisfied for myself that if the witnesses whose names are attached to the Book of Mormon never saw the plates as admits that there can be nothing brought to prove that any such thing ever existed for it is said on the 171 page of the book of covenants that the three should testify that they had seen the plates even as J S Jr & if they only saw them spiritually or in vision with their eyes shut— J S Jr never saw them in any other way & if so the plates were only visionary and I am well satisfied that the 29 & 37 Chaps of Isaiah & Ezekiel together with others in which we depended to prove the truth of the book of Mormon have no bearing when correctly understood but are [p. 65]
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