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 favor of 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 visit your 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]] time
General is sure to be elected if he lives— so be cautious how you vote— in case you should want any help— Had you not better put up some of your boys— to start a “Clay Club” in — so to make the matter show up right— When I spoke of you to — he told me you had been, damned bulied abused— and said when he was in power— all Citizens should be protected of their rights— Old fellow you aint know how much good I am doing you— by representing you in the right light to these great men—
Your old friend—
General Joseph Smith
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