Letter from Joseph Coe, 1 January 1844

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purchased for a Cow.
But to return to the subject of the Mummies, was only an agent acting under some men in the mummies when delivered to him for exhibition wer valued at some 2 or 300 dollars, but they sued him and was allowed the sum which he sold them to me for viz. $2400, It also appeared on the trial that the out goes while was exibiting them exceeded the income $1550 I suppose the owne[r]s are (if <​it is​> not outlawed) liable for the fraud thus practised by their agents but I have hitherto been unable to attend to the collection of it. I take the liberty here to say something in relation to your farm which I have occupied for 2 seasons past. I should be glad to occupy it it for several years to come provided I can dictate the policy in relation to its management. and can convince the saints here that I have a right to what grows on it and that you are also satisfied with what you receive. Many of the saints are inclined to t[ake] (by the grab law) their share of the Church’s property as it passes; alleging for excuse that you do not receive the rent and that they may as well have a share as some others. It will be necessary to take some more eficient measures to Secure this farm from depredations than have been taken for 2 years past. Much of its effe[c]ts goes to waste, or rather is consumed by cattle which are helped into the grain pasture &.c. Permit me to call your attention to the purchasing of small Lots within the limits of this farm, it frequently occurs that they are sol[d] for no more than they are worth for farming purposes. would it not be good policy to purchase such when offered to do away the necessity of fencing or other inconvenience arising from owners of diverse interest.——
I have filled this sheet hastily, with good fellings, believing it will be received with friendly feelings and receive a Speedy and friendly answer.
Yours with respect
Mr. Joseph Smith [p. [3]]
purchased for a Cow.
But to return to the subject of the Mummies, was only an agent acting under some men in the mummies when delivered to him for exhibition wer valued at some 2 or 300 dollars, but they sued him and was allowed the sum which he sold them to me for viz. $2400, It also appeared on the trial that the out goes while was exibiting them exceeded the income $1550 I suppose the owners are (if it is not outlawed) liable for the fraud thus practised by their agents but I have hitherto been unable to attend to the collection of it. I take the liberty here to say something in relation to your farm which I have occupied for 2 seasons past. I should be glad to occupy it it for several years to come provided I can dictate the policy in relation to its management. and can convince the saints here that I have a right to what grows on it and that you are also satisfied with what you receive. Many of the saints are inclined to take (by the grab law) their share of the Church’s property as it passes; alleging for excuse that you do not receive the rent and that they may as well have a share as some others. It will be necessary to take some more eficient measures to Secure this farm from depredations than have been taken for 2 years past. Much of its effects goes to waste, or rather is consumed by cattle which are helped into the grain pasture &.c. Permit me to call your attention to the purchasing of small Lots within the limits of this farm, it frequently occurs that they are sold for no more than they are worth for farming purposes. would it not be good policy to purchase such when offered to do away the necessity of fencing or other inconvenience arising from owners of diverse interest.——
I have filled this sheet hastily, with good fellings, believing it will be received with friendly feelings and receive a Speedy and friendly answer.
Yours with respect
Mr. Joseph Smith [p. [3]]
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