Letter from Richard Hewitt, 24 May 1840

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Fountain County Indiania
May the 24th 1840
Deer Brothers and Sisters in the Lord these will Inform you that I and my Famley & the Brothers & sisters in this section ar[e] all well and we thank Hour Heavnley Father for the same non[e] of us have herd from for nearley 12 Mont[h]s and we ar[e] very anxious to hear from you all their. I Reseved [received] a leter from David Judy Yesterday he livs near Mack[i]naw Illinois and he writ[e]s to me that thare is a paper Printed at by the Brothren and adviseses me to git it and I have wanted to git the papers if I Could [k]now how to came at them I have Enquired of Evry one that I thought knew any thing about them but never Could find out whether there was eny or not Printed yet till E[l]der Judy wrate [wrote] to me I [i]nquired of him By Leter about the papers and he Let me no [know] but he Did not let me no wath [what] the price was nor who was the Editor and I thought that I would wright to you and see if you would send them to me you can git a noledge [knowledge] of me from Wm. Boldin or Stanton Joseph Rose Dayton Uriah C[u]rtis and others the of the here is in a coald state at this time it Reminds me of Peter and the wrest when they went a fishing [p. [1]] we want if it is Posable for some to Come and set the of in order Elder Joseph Rose Don[e] a good work here and If he Could Come Back here again I think he might Dwo [do] agate [a great] Deel of good he was universaly beliked and if he Cant Come we want some strong one boath in Faith and Doctran to Come here as soons as posable if you will send me the Papers I want them Directed to post office and when I git the Papers I will send the pay By the first Elder that I can see Coming up thare Yours in the Bands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ May the Lord bless you all is my sin sere [sincere] yrayer [prayer]
To Joseph & and the B[r]others & Sisters in genrael
N— B I want some strong Elder to Bee Shure to Came [p. [2]]
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May 26th
Joseph or
County Illinoise [p. [4]]


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    Twelve months before Hewitt wrote this letter, church members were only just beginning to settle in the Commerce area. At a council of church members on 24 April 1839 in Quincy, Illinois, it was resolved that as many church members “as are able, move on to the north [to Commerce] as soon as they possibly can.” (Minutes, 24 Apr. 1839.)  

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    Judy was a member of the Far West, Missouri, elders quorum in 1837 and 1838. (Minute Book 2, 31 Aug. 1838.)  

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    The Times and Seasons was edited by Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith. A subscription to the monthly periodical cost one dollar per year, payable in advance. (Masthead, Times and Seasons, Dec. 1839, 1:32.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

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    Probably Daniel Stanton, a high priest living in Quincy at the time. (Daniel Stanton, Affidavit, 18 Mar. 1840, Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives, Washington DC; Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831.)  

    Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives / Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to the Committee on Judiciary during the 27th Congress. Committee on the Judiciary, Petitions and Memorials, 1813–1968. Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789–2015. National Archives, Washington DC. The LDS records cited herein are housed in National Archives boxes 40 and 41 of Library of Congress boxes 139–144 in HR27A-G10.1.

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    Rose was born 25 February 1792 in Orange, New York. (“Members of the Quorum When Organized and up to the Year 1852,” Second Quorum of Seventies, Records, vol. 1, p. 21, in Seventies Quorum Records, CHL.)  

    Seventies Quorum Records, 1844–1975. CHL. CR 499.

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    Probably Hiram Dayton, who was born 1 November 1799 in Herkimer, New York, and was living in Commerce at the time Hewitt wrote this letter. (Hiram Dayton, “The Sufferings and Loss of Property of Hiram Dayton and Family,” 26 May 1879, Historian’s Office, History of Persecutions, 1879–1880, CHL; Temple Records Index Bureau, Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 61.)  

    Historian's Office. History of Persecutions, 1879–1880. CHL.

    Temple Records Index Bureau of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 10 December 1845 to 8 February 1846. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1974.

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    Curtis was born 5 May 1805 in Steventown, New York, and was baptized on 7 July 1831 by Solomon Hancock in Fountain County. (“Died,” Deseret News [Salt Lake City], 4 Nov. 1863, 124.)  

    Deseret News. Salt Lake City. 1850–.

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    See John 21:1–3.  

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    Rose served a mission in Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois in 1836 and 1837. On 22 May 1837, he wrote to Kirtland, Ohio, from Huntersville, Indiana, giving a report of his travels. In June 1837, he was apparently serving in Tippecanoe County, Indiana—adjacent to Fountain County, where Hewitt wrote this letter. (“From Our Elders and Correspondents Abroad,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, June 1837, 3:519.)  

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

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    Postage notation in unidentified handwriting.  

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    Address presumably in the handwriting of Richard Hewitt.