Letter from John C. Bennett, 25 July 1840
- Source Note
On 25 July 1840, wrote from his home in , Illinois, to JS and in , Illinois. Bennett, who had apparently first met JS and Rigdon in January 1832 in , Ohio, was a prominent military figure in . He had helped incorporate an independent militia unit in southeastern Illinois named the “Invincible Dragoons” and had more recently been appointed quartermaster general of the Illinois state militia. In this letter, Bennett expressed his interest in the ’ welfare and reminded JS and Rigdon that he had offered to assist the Saints during conflicts with their neighbors in northwestern two years earlier. Bennett also declared he intended to move to , Illinois, the following spring to join church members gathering there. JS responded to this letter on 8 August 1840.The original letter is apparently not extant, but inscribed a copy in JS Letterbook 2, probably soon after JS received the original.
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