Letter from Lyman Wight and Others, 15 February 1844–B

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Black River Falls Wisconsin Territory, Feb. 15th. 1844
To Joseph Smith President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints., and to the twelve Apostles. Greeting
Believing a consert of action in all things in this church to be highly important, we deem it necessary under existing circumstances to make you acquainted with our views and feelings, and temporal and spiritual prospects as they now exist— We wrote you last fall a full and complete description of this country as high as the falls on without exageration giving a slight discription of the — With the exception of several renegadoes and false breathren, things passed Smoothly on until some time in the month of January, when we were visited by three different tribes of Lamanites upon the most friendly terms, receiving us as their councellors both temporal and spiritual— The names of those tribes are Menomonees Chippewa and Winnebagoes, they informed us that all the land above the falls belongs to the Menomonee tribe, and that the Agents & the Governor, the general Agent in the North West of all the Indian affairs, had agreed with them to remove all the lumberman <​from​> , Chippewa and Lemanware rivers by their request but after a lengthly conversation with them they felt to treat us as their friends and not their enemies—
We dispatched two messangers (namely) and to go immediately to , where they met with the Agent, who give them to understand we could get the timber which is already cut at a reasonable rate, and for any future prospect, we will be under the necessity of entering into a contract. We calculate the present prospect for lumber betwixt this and the last of July next, will be from 8 to 12 hundred thousand feet, which we deem will be all sufficient to finnish the two houses, which will accomplish the Mission On which we Started to this country
We therefore as a branch of th and a member of the body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints [p. [1]]
Black River Falls Wisconsin Territory, Feb. 15th. 1844
To Joseph Smith President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints., and to the twelve Apostles. Greeting
Believing a consert of action in all things in this church to be highly important, we deem it necessary under existing circumstances to make you acquainted with our views and feelings, and temporal and spiritual prospects as they now exist— We wrote you last fall a full and complete description of this country as high as the falls on without exageration giving a slight discription of the — With the exception of several renegadoes and false breathren, things passed Smoothly on until some time in the month of January, when we were visited by three different tribes of Lamanites upon the most friendly terms, receiving us as their councellors both temporal and spiritual— The names of those tribes are Menomonees Chippewa and Winnebagoes, they informed us that all the land above the falls belongs to the Menomonee tribe, and that the Agents & the Governor, the general Agent in the North West of all the Indian affairs, had agreed with them to remove all the lumberman from , Chippewa and Lemanware rivers by their request but after a lengthly conversation with them they felt to treat us as their friends and not their enemies—
We dispatched two messangers (namely) and to go immediately to , where they met with the Agent, who give them to understand we could get the timber which is already cut at a reasonable rate, and for any future prospect, we will be under the necessity of entering into a contract. We calculate the present prospect for lumber betwixt this and the last of July next, will be from 8 to 12 hundred thousand feet, which we deem will be all sufficient to finnish the two houses, which will accomplish the Mission On which we Started to this country
We therefore as a branch and a member of the body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints [p. [1]]
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