Letter from John Cowan, 23 January 1844

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— Jan 23d 1844—
Dear General—
I hadd meant to have written to you before this time— but have been very much engaged— but must take time to say a few words to you— I had a long conversation with — he told me— he had received a letter from you, in regard to his views— of the Mormons— there is one thing very certain; that he is a very good friend of yours— and speaks highly in favorof your church— Old fellow; I have a great many things to communicate to you— but will delay it for the present— I have made some money in the opperations of Sugar— by bills of exchange— upon my friends in — I shall leave here in a short time— shall visityour place next Summer— General Felix— Huston of this place— is a great friend of yours— and speaks of many plans— of opperation he is here— practising— Law— but will take the field again— as soon as oppertunity offers— Our mutual friend— — is here— with the Steemer— “Maid of Iowa—” — is a good fellow but has fell into bad hands— which I am affraid will not do well— but time will prove all— How I should like to see you for a few moments [p. [1]]
— Jan 23d 1844—
Dear General—
I hadd meant to have written to you before this time— but have been very much engaged— but must take time to say a few words to you— I had a long conversation with — he told me— he had received a letter from you, in regard to his views— of the Mormons— there is one thing very certain; that he is a very good friend of yours— and speaks highly in favorof your church— Old fellow; I have a great many things to communicate to you— but will delay it for the present— I have made some money in the opperations of Sugar— by bills of exchange— upon my friends in — I shall leave here in a short time— shall visityour place next Summer— General Felix— Huston of this place— is a great friend of yours— and speaks of many plans— of opperation he is here— practising— Law— but will take the field again— as soon as oppertunity offers— Our mutual friend— — is here— with the Steemer— “Maid of Iowa—” — is a good fellow but has fell into bad hands— which I am affraid will not do well— but time will prove all— How I should like to see you for a few moments [p. [1]]
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