Letter from Isaac Galland, 18 January 1842

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. Jan 18th 1842
Joseph Smith—
Dr Sir—
On the receipt of the above note I am at a loss to determine whether you intend it as an absolute dun or as an appeal to my liberality to advance funds for your relief— but Let it be either case, I assure you sir, it is not in my power to advance at this time 5 Dollars. untill I obtain it from some of my creditors or in some other way— As to coming to , I have long desired to come there, and shall certainly do so, as soon as I can so arrange the matters which I am now engaged in, as to be able consistantly to leave here, in the meanwhile believe me very respectfully yours
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    In this case, “dun” means “an urgent request or demand of payment in writing.” (“Dun,” in American Dictionary [1841], 554.)  

    An American Dictionary of the English Language; First Edition in Octavo, Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the Quarto, with Corrections, Improvements and Several Thousand Additional Words. . . . Edited by Noah Webster. 2nd ed. 2 vols. New Haven: By the author, 1841.

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    Galland’s business in Keokuk is unknown; in his letter to JS on 11 December 1841, he stated he was awaiting the arrival of “a Gentleman from St Louis whom I have promised to meet at this place on very important business.” (Letter from Isaac Galland, 11 Dec. 1841.)