Letter from Thomas Ward and Hiram Clark, 16 March 1843

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. March 16th. 1843.
To the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and to the Quorum of the Twelve.
Beloved Brethren,
Having of late been much troubled and perplexed in the Emigration business, owing to the difficulty of obtaining Ships to take passengers; which has arisen from various reports that have been in circulation respecting increased hospital money at , as also that the Captains would have to enter into bonds to guarantee that the Emigrants do not become chargeable on the State, these reports whether true or false have had the effect of scaring away many captains, who otherwise would have been glad to take passengers— and also of annoying and causing to suffer much, many of the Saints whose means were small, by compelling <​them​> to wait. [p. [1]]
We feel that these difficulties might have been avoided, had we had an Agent in to attend to our interests there and regularly to communicate all necessary information.
We have therefore taken the liberty of suggesting the propriety of establishing an agent there, not merely to communicate intelligence to , and receive our Immigrants on landing, but that such agent should also act as a Broker, between the Cotton growers and the Captains, to find cargoes for Ships; by which we should exercise an influence that would be extremely beneficial to the Church,— and by which funds to a considerable amount might be realized to forward the purposes of the Lord in the building of his houses, and in the establishing of Zion.
Indeed from what we know of business of late, we believe that had an agency been established some time ago we might have realized not far from [p. [2]] a thousand pounds. We make this statement from a little knowledge of the profits of Brokerage here.—
If you could send some one here to superintend the business on this side of the Water, our beloved brother having a knowledge of the business would be glad to occupy the post at .
You will please understand us in this letter, not as dictating to you but as— of suggesting measures, which late circumstances have made us feel to be necessary.— We feel conscious that as a people we have a mighty mass machinery, that requires but wise and prudent men under the blessing of the Spirit of God to put in motion, and thereby render most effictive service to his glory.
Praying for <​his​> blessing to rest upon you all we remain your brethren in the Gospel
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wishes for counsel respecting what monies may come into his hands, whether is it is to be expended in goods here (and if so in what) or whether it it is to be sent up.—
The high Tariff prevented him putting in operation what was intended
<​PAID AT MR 18 1843​>
<​ SHIP APR 19 [illegible]​>
Mr Or Postmaster
State of Illinois
North America.
March 16, 1833 1843
March 16. 1843
To the First Presidency
April 19 [p. [4]]


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    Signatures of Thomas Ward and Hiram Clark.  

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    Postage stamped in red ink.  

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    Postmark stamped in brown ink.  

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    Circular postmark stamped in red ink.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.  

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    Docket in graphite, probably in the handwriting of Thomas Bullock.