Letter from John Mills, 1 September 1843

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order of the church was to consecrate the properties for the benefit of the church and the helping the poor to Zion and I partly bore the expense of twenty two or three persons from to starting in February and traveling in the spring season of the year and bad roads and got to when the trouble was there and from thence to though while at I sent the remains of my money down the for flour and we had to leave before it returned and when I got to I found business frustrated in such a manner that every person had to look out for themselves and I went eight miles south of <​and​> purchased an imbeterment on a piece of congress land and turned out my wagon and horses to the value of 200 hundred dollars for my self and family was all sick with the Ague and Fever and was obliged to do so for the sake of the crops to subsist on and I thought I could purchase the land of Congress and I would have me a small farm and I lost it and was oblige to mak[e] me a wooden wagon to come to with and when I came to I thought I could not pay for a lot and support my family and I came over in and bought an 80 acres of half breed interest and after I had bought I was at a conference when you compared us on <​in​> to the rich man and in to the poor man and the to the gulf and I [p. [2]]
order of the church was to consecrate the properties for the benefit of the church and the helping the poor to Zion and I partly bore the expense of twenty two or three persons from to starting in February and traveling in the spring season of the year and bad roads and got to when the trouble was there and from thence to though while at I sent the remains of my money down the for flour and we had to leave before it returned and when I got to I found business frustrated in such a manner that every person had to look out for themselves and I went eight miles south of and purchased an imbeterment on a piece of congress land and turned out my wagon and horses to the value of 200 hundred dollars for my self and family was all sick with the Ague and Fever and was obliged to do so for the sake of the crops to subsist on and I thought I could purchase the land of Congress and I would have me a small farm and I lost it and was oblige to make me a wooden wagon to come to with and when I came to I thought I could not pay for a lot and support my family and I came over in and bought an 80 acres of half breed interest and after I had bought I was at a conference when you compared us in to the rich man and in to the poor man and the to the gulf and I [p. [2]]
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