Letter from John McKee, 7 March 1843

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Washington— County Claysville March 7th. 184[3]
Mr Joseph Smith
De[a]r Sir I take my pen in my hand to a Dress a few lines to you and I. Hope you will parding [pardon] me for making So Free I simply wright to you for in fer mation and I hope you will answer this letter I wrote wonst bee fore and I Could not tell whither you Got the letter or not I Come to the Conclution if you Did you treated me with Contempt and I— hope you wont this time if you plese there is a Grate many people in our place that I tends [intends] Joining in with yo[u a]nd they [a]r Jest wating till <​I​> Receve your an[swer]] I think [t]o the best of my Knowledg ther [i]s about 60 to 70 in my nabourhood that intends Jorning [journeying] to Ever since Samuel C Brown preched in our place there hase been a Grate Converts to the mormens fa[i]th there was a man By the name of— Daniel Rider Baught the Book of— mormens and since Reding that Book— there has been a Grate Excitement in our place I had not the plesure of Seeing Mr Brown my self as i was absent the night he preced [preached] as i would Been Glad to had a Conversation with him and I was Sorey that he was Gon bee fore I Got home but I hope you will atend to this in hast[e] and you will not lose aneything By it— [p. [1]]
Washington— County Claysville March 7th. 1843
Mr Joseph Smith
Dear Sir I take my pen in my hand to a Dress a few lines to you and I. Hope you will parding [pardon] me for making So Free I simply wright to you for in fer mation and I hope you will answer this letter I wrote wonst bee fore and I Could not tell whither you Got the letter or not I Come to the Conclution if you Did you treated me with Contempt and I— hope you wont this time if you plese there is a Grate many people in our place that I tends intends Joining in with you and they ar Jest wating till I Receve your answer] I think to the best of my Knowledg ther [i]s about 60 to 70 in my nabourhood that intends Jorning [journeying] to Ever since Samuel C Brown preched in our place there hase been a Grate Converts to the mormens faith there was a man By the name of— Daniel Rider Baught the Book of— mormens and since Reding that Book— there has been a Grate Excitement in our place I had not the plesure of Seeing Mr Brown my self as i was absent the night he preced [preached] as i would Been Glad to had a Conversation with him and I was Sorey that he was Gon bee fore I Got home but I hope you will atend to this in haste and you will not lose aneything By it— [p. [1]]
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