Letter from Joseph Coe, 1 January 1844

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Lake Co Ohio Jan. 1st1844
Mr Joseph Smith
I have for a long time been anxious to receive some communication from you in relation to my interest in the Mummies &c. but having failed hitherto of learning any<​thing​> Satisfactory on the subject I have thot proper to drop you a line as the most ready means of exchanging sentiments on this subject. Permit me to have to sketch the history of the purchase &.c. in order to bring the subject fresh to your recollection. When the subject of purchasing that concern came up I was some-what involved, and unable to sustain a heavier burthen any great length of time. but having all confidence in the utility of the collection, and being assured by yourself that the burthen would be but temporary; that the profits arising from the work when translated would be more than adequate to the defraying all the expence which might accrue by the purchase. I therefore managed the business in relation to the purchase with the same confidence that I had previously done business which I thought would result in the good of the church. Previous to closing the contrat with I made arangements with S. Andrews for to take one third part and yourself & Co. one third leaving one third to be borne by myself. Andrews soon paid his $800 I took $800 out of which paid a large portion of my share; but yours together with the interes[t] remained until the Spring of 1836 if I mistake not. when by an arangement with he agreed to take 1000 dollars and give up my notes; if the raise could be made on short notice [p. [1]]
Lake Co Ohio Jan. 1st1844
Mr Joseph Smith
I have for a long time been anxious to receive some communication from you in relation to my interest in the Mummies &c. but having failed hitherto of learning anything Satisfactory on the subject I have thot proper to drop you a line as the most ready means of exchanging sentiments on this subject. Permit me to have to sketch the history of the purchase &.c. in order to bring the subject fresh to your recollection. When the subject of purchasing that concern came up I was some-what involved, and unable to sustain a heavier burthen any great length of time. but having all confidence in the utility of the collection, and being assured by yourself that the burthen would be but temporary; that the profits arising from the work when translated would be more than adequate to the defraying all the expence which might accrue by the purchase. I therefore managed the business in relation to the purchase with the same confidence that I had previously done business which I thought would result in the good of the church. Previous to closing the contrat with I made arangements with S. Andrews for to take one third part and yourself & Co. one third leaving one third to be borne by myself. Andrews soon paid his $800 I took $800 out of which paid a large portion of my share; but yours together with the interest remained until the Spring of 1836 if I mistake not. when by an arangement with he agreed to take 1000 dollars and give up my notes; if the raise could be made on short notice [p. [1]]
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