Letter from John V. Curtis, 27 November 1843

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Gallipolis O. November 27th 1843.
Genl. Joseph Smith
Dear Sir
You will I hope pardon me for thus presumptously intruding on your time and patience, my object in doing so is this, Having a high regard and Esteem for a person of so much forsight understanding, wisdom and judgment, one who has excited the envy of the great, and the joulesy of all other denominations, a person who has raised up a Church which was small in the beginning but by its true, doctrins and correct principles has attracted people from all Quarters of the globe, A Church and a Prophet which has passed through the fire and Come out unscathed Cannot but prosper, And it is destined Ere long to become the only Church triumphant.— I have heard that odious man lecturing against you and Mormanism but what he Said only went to disgrace him and raise you in the eyes of the people.
My writing to you is this, wishing to become a resident of and a member of that Church, I wish to know of you if you Can give me Employment as a Clerk Agent or anything Else you see fit if these lines should meet with your approbation it will give me much
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Gallipolis O. November 27th 1843.
Genl. Joseph Smith
Dear Sir
You will I hope pardon me for thus presumptously intruding on your time and patience, my object in doing so is this, Having a high regard and Esteem for a person of so much forsight understanding, wisdom and judgment, one who has excited the envy of the great, and the joulesy of all other denominations, a person who has raised up a Church which was small in the beginning but by its true, doctrins and correct principles has attracted people from all Quarters of the globe, A Church and a Prophet which has passed through the fire and Come out unscathed Cannot but prosper, And it is destined Ere long to become the only Church triumphant.— I have heard that odious man lecturing against you and Mormanism but what he Said only went to disgrace him and raise you in the eyes of the people.
My writing to you is this, wishing to become a resident of and a member of that Church, I wish to know of you if you Can give me Employment as a Clerk Agent or anything Else you see fit if these lines should meet with your approbation it will give me much
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