Sept. 23d. 1840
& 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, Jacksonvill & .
On our way we stoped at and Pleas ant 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
sever al 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 sever al 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 & Stearns to the amount
of three hundred dollars, two hundred of which becomes due on the
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 suc ceeded 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 Dayton &
West Milton Ohio— Bro. (we think) has been very economical, diligent [p. 179]