Letter to Edward Hunter, 5 January 1842

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January 5[th] 1842
Mr .
Beloved Brother,
I wrote you on the 21 ultimo, in reply to yours of the 27[th] of october, but lest by any means the letter should fail to reach you I will recapitulate very briefly some important items therein contained,
The power of Attorney was duly executed by Mrs [Margaret] Smith. & forwareded to the clerks office for seal of state. to be sent. from thence direct to you.
The Goods are accepted and <​will be​> applied according to you[r] request,
I have purchased 90 acres of woodland, a little up the ; have made proposals to . but am yet waiting his answer, from his eastern correspondent.
Steam Engines & mills of any description will do well here, the more of such things you can bring, the better.— for particulars on the foregoing I would refer you to my letter of the 21. ult which I hope you have received ere this—
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I am happy that it is my privilige to say to you that the large . which I had commenced when you were here, is now completed, and the doors are opened this day. for the sale of goods for the first time. The foundations of the building is somewhat spacio[u]s, (as you will doubtless recollect,) for a country store, The principal part of [p. [1]] the building below, which is nearly 10 feet high is devoted to exclusively to Shelves. <​&​> drawers, Except 1 door opening back into the space, on the left of which is are the cellar & chamber Stairs. & on the Right the Counting Room;— from the space at the top of the chamber stairs, opens a door into the Large front room, of the same size with the one below.— the walls lined with counters. coverd with reserve goods.— in front of the stairs opens the door to my Private Office, or where I keep the sacred writings. with a window to the south. overlooking the below. & the opposite shore for a great distance, <​which​> together with the passage of boats in the season thereof, constitutes a peculiarly interesting situation, in prospect & no less interesting from its retirement from the bustle & confusion of the neighborhood & city. and altogether is a place the Lord is pleased to bless.—
The painting of the store has been ex[e]cuted by some of our English bethen [brethren].— & the counters, drawers— & pillars present a very respectble representation of Oak. Mahagony & Marble— for a back woods establishment,—
The Lord has blessed our exertions in a wonderful manner, and although some individuals have succeded in detain[in]g goods. to a considerable amount for the time being, yet we have been enabled to s[e]cure goods in the building Sufficient to fill all the shelves. <​& soon as they were completed​> & have some in reserve, both in loft. & cellar. Our assortment, is tolerably good— very good considering the different purchases made by different individuals,— at different times, and under circumstances which controuled their choice to some extent, but, I rejoice [p. [2]] that we have been enabled to do as well as we have, for the hearts of many of the poor brethren & sisters will be made glad, with those comforts which are now within their reach. The store has been filled to overflowing all day, & I have stood behind the counter dealing out goods as steady as any clerk you ever Saw to oblige those who were compelled to go without their <​usual​> christmas & New year, dinners. for the want of a little Sugar, Molasses, Rasions &c. &c,— & to please myself also for I love to wait upon the Saints, and be a servant to all hoping that I may be exalted in the due time of the Lord.
It is highly necessary that the be well supplied with merchandise from this time forward, both for the interest of the church generally— & the comfort of the brethren individually and as expenses have been incurred already to a great amount in building the , , “” &c &c— a great many of the goods on hand will have to pass away on orders previous contracts, &c. & we shall be obliged to lean upon other resources, <​to a great extent​> rather than the profits of goods, this winter, to supply a new stock in the spring, & for this reason as well as those before stated, & also, for your gratification in learning of our prosperity. I write you this early. to disire you to have the money you are to get on the power of Attorney, of Mrs Smith ready for disposal in , as soon as the rivers shall open, & I sincerely hope & trust that nothing will prevent your getting the money as you expect, so that it may be ready in depositee at , or or so that you can meet <​at ​> or someone who may go for the goods, at a time which may be appointed hereafter.— &c that we may have an [p. [3]] early supply, of a spring selection, as you are aware that the first opening of a new assortment would be much to the advantage of the establishment, and I wish you to give me the earliest information possible, of any thing new, in relation to this, matter, With Sentiments of high consideration I remain your Brother in Christ,
Joseph Smith
pr. , Scribe
 
 
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West Nantmeal
Chester County
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