Letter to Edward Hunter, 21 December 1841

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Dec 21st. 1821 [1841]
Mr ,
Beloved Brother,
Yours of the 27th of October came to hand at a late date, but I am now able to say to you that the power of Attorney is executed & sent up to the Clerks office for the Seal of State. & will be forwarded direct from there, it is now on the way most probably.
Your letter did not arrive till after returnd with the goods. which I receved in Safety. & has started on a mission to the Inhabitants of Jamaica. one of the west India Isles.—
I will accept the goods as you propose on your debt, so far as it goes, and answer the remainder on the payments which you mention as they become due.
I have purchased 90 acres of Timber land in the vicinity of . A little up the River. & have made proposals to . but as yet, am waiting for him to rec[e]ive answers from his correspondent in the East. I shall be able to purchase all the woodland you will want, in a little time.
As it respects Steam engines & mills my opinion is we cannot have too many of them. This place has sufferd exceedingly for such mills in our midst & neither one nor two can do the business of this place [p. [1]] another Season. We have no good grain or board mill in this place. & most of our flour & lumber has to be brought 20 miles. which Subjects us to great inconvenience.
The is rapidly advancing. many new buildings have been erected since you left us, & many more would have arisen if Brick & lumber could have been obtained. There is scarce any limits which can be imagined to the mills & machinery & manafatering [manufacturing] of all kinds, which might be put into proffitable operatin in this , and <​even​> if others should raise a mill before you get here, it need be no discouragement either to you or to . for it will be difficult for the mills to keep pace with the growth of the place. & you will do well to bring the Engine, If you can persuade any of the brethren who are manafaters of woolens or cottons to come on and establish their business, do so.
I have not ascertaind definitely as yet, how far the goods will go toward liquidating s Note or Finishing your house. but this I can say I will make the most of it. & benefit you eve[r]y possible way.
Your message is delivrd to Mrs [Margaret] Smith & she will be glad to have returns on her letter of attorney as speedily as circumstances will permit according to the understanding thereof.— [p. [2]]
I am happy to hear of your welfare & the health of your family. & also to info[r]m you that the health of has much improved since last Summer. & considering the very mild state of the weather most of the time, it is excellent.
Myself & family are in health. & our enemies are at peace with us as much as can be expected in this generation, Should any thing new occur which may be for our advantage you will please write & I will do the same.
I remain, Yours in the Gospel of crist
Joseph Smith
P.S. You will endeavor to have the money in your Letter of attorny from Mrs Smith, ready to furnish a fresh supply of goods early in the Spring.
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West Nantmeal,
Chester County
Pensylvania [p. [4]]


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