, Letter, , Cook Co., IL, to JS and Quorum of the Twelve, , Hancock Co., IL, 19 Apr. 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and Jonathan Grimshaw; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.
I would earnestly sugjest the propriety of appointing those three towns as Stakes, or at Least some Location in the vicinity of each. and that we by enlightening the present inhabitants, and poring in a flood of Emigration from the East commence the Immediate ocupation of these and the surrounding country Extending all the way from to . There are already some of the finest Locations in the world Occupied by Branches of the Chuch, Among which is George Town 55 m.s. from and 20 from Otawa, and also a Large Branch of Norwegians who have abundance of Lands 10 m s from Otawa and 65 from . In Short the Saints are scatered all through this wide Region, in every Town and Prairiee.
Brethren, Lets make a Long, Steady, Strong, and persevering exertion to save the State of , which, once saved may easily contain 2 millions of souls in within 15 years from this date, and wield more wealth and Influence than any other State in the .
These are some of my thoughts suggested for the Consideration of the most exalted Council with which our earth is at present Dignified.
In haste I Subscribe myself as ever your Br, and fellow Servant.