Letter of Introduction from John Howden, 27 October 1838, in Handwriting of John Howden

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[This may certify tha]t during the [year of eighteen hundred and] [thirty seven I ha]d dealings with Messr Joseph Smith [and] [] together with other members of <​the​> Society [to the amount of abo]ut Three Thousand Dollars and [during the spring of] Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Eight [I have received my pay] in full of Col to [my satisfaction. And I] would here remark that It is due [Messrs Smith & &] the Society generally. to say that [they have ever dealt ho]norable and fair with [me] and [I have received as good] treatment from them as I have recvd [from any other society] in this vicinity. and so far as I [have been correctly infor]med and made Known of their [business transactions] generally they have so far as I can [judge been honorable and] Honest and have made every [exertion to arrange & s]ettle their affairs & I would further [state that the closing u]p of my business with said Societ[y] [has been with their] Agent appointed b[y] [them for that purpose] and I consider It highly due Col [Granger from me her]e to state that he has acted Wisely [and honestly with m]e in all his business with me [and has accomplish]ed more than I could have [reasonably expecte]d. I have also been made acquainted [with his business in thi]s section and wherever he has [been called upon to] act he has done so and with [good management he] has accomplished and [effected a close of a v]erry large Amount business [for said society] and as I believe to the entire[satisfaction of all] Concerned
[ Geauga Co] Ohio
[Oct] 27th 1838
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This may certify that during the [year of eighteen hundred and] thirty seven I had dealings with Messr Joseph Smith [and] together with other members of the Society to the amount of about Three Thousand Dollars and during the spring of Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Eight I have received my pay in full of Col to my satisfaction. And I would here remark that It is due Messrs Smith & & the Society generally. to say that they have ever dealt honorable and fair with [me] and I have received as good treatment from them as I have recvd from any other society in this vicinity. and so far as I have been correctly informed and made Known of their business transactions generally they have so far as I can judge been honorable and Honest and have made every exertion to arrange & settle their affairs & I would further state that the closing up of my business with said Society has been with their Agent appointed by them for that purpose and I consider It highly due Col Granger from me here to state that he has acted Wisely and honestly with me in all his business with me and has accomplished more than I could have reasonably expected. I have also been made acquainted with his business in this section and wherever he has been called upon to act he has done so and with good management he has accomplished and effected a close of a verry large Amount business for said society and as I believe to the entiresatisfaction of all Concerned
Geauga Co Ohio
Oct 27th 1838
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