Letter from George W. Henry, 18 July 1841

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18th July 1841
Gentlemen, this will inform you that I am now on my way to the and intended to have cal[l]ed at your , but find it out of my power To do do so— Having been informed By Mr brown that you were contempla[ting] the Building <​of​> a mill in the — I have thought that if I could probably be of Some servis to you, if we could meet at Fort Winebago, or in the — I shall be in at in the fort in about ten days & would be very <​glad​> to facilitate your interests in any way in my powers if you intend locating on the wisconsin River you will leave the at and go by land to unless the Wisconsin is up— enquire for me of Capt Low at Fort Winebago & if I can I certainly will do all in my power to advance your intersts—
with due Respect & esteem I am gentlemen yours &c—
G[eorge] W. Henry [p. [1]]
To the Right Reverend Joseph Smith
Ills. [p. [2]]


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    Golden Point, Illinois, was located approximately seven miles south and slightly east of Nauvoo, near the head of Larry Creek. (Gregg, History of Hancock County, Illinois, 473, 881–882; “Hancock County, Illinois, 1843–1844.”)  

    Gregg, Thomas. History of Hancock County, Illinois, Together with an Outline History of the State, and a Digest of State Laws. Chicago: Charles C. Chapman, 1880.

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    The “pinery,” or sometimes the “pineries,” refers to the region of lumbering operations along the Wisconsin River, though the term was also applied to other timber-rich regions along the rivers of Wisconsin Territory. (News Item, North American and Daily Advertiser [Philadelphia], 3 Sept. 1840, [1]; “Land Sale,” Cleveland Daily Herald, 3 Sept. 1840, [3]; “Lumber from Wisconsin,” Daily Missouri Republican [St. Louis], 13 Oct. 1841, [2]; Hunt, Wisconsin Gazetteer [1853], 52, 64, 102, 212, 238, 243.)  

    North American and Daily Advertiser. Philadelphia. 1839–1845.

    Cleveland Herald. Cleveland. 1843–1853.

    Daily Missouri Republican. St. Louis. 1822–1869.

    Hunt, John Warren. Wisconsin Gazetteer, Containing the Names, Location, and Advantages, of the Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages, Post Offices, and Settlements, Together with a Description of the Lakes, Water Courses, Prairies, and Public Localities, in the State of Wisconsin. . Madison, WI: Beriah Brown, 1853.

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    Fort Winnebago, a United States Army fortification, was established in 1828 on the portage between the Fox and Wisconsin rivers near present-day Portage, Wisconsin. The fort was constructed and staffed to protect white American travel and trade in that region. (“The Early History of Fort Winnebago,” Portage [WI] Democrat, 28 Mar. 1879, [4].)  

    Portage Democrat. Portage, WI. 1877–1892.

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    Most likely Gideon Low. Low, originally from Pennsylvania, entered the army as an ensign in 1812 and rose to the rank of captain by 1828. According to a later history, Low, in 1831, was one of the earliest officers to arrive at Fort Winnebago, where he served as a captain until his resignation in 1840. Low remained in the area until his death in 1850. He was buried in the fort’s cemetery. (Draper, Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 7:402; Thwaites, Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 14:78–79.)  

    Draper, Lyman Copeland, ed. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Vol. 7. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1908.

    Thwaites, Reuben Gold, ed. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Vol. 19. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1910.