Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 3.7

Thomas Reynolds, 1840-1844

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from L. B. Fleak, Iowa to Governor Reynolds, Jefferson City, Mo. ]
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L. B. Fleak

Keokuck

Free  L. B. Fleak P.M.

                        Keokuk IT

                        Dec 5

His Excellency Thos Reynolds

                                                                        Jefferson City

                                                                                        Mo

                                                1842

 


                                                Keokuk I.T. Dec 4/42

Gov Reynolds

            Dear Sir

                        All of our efforts to seize the renegade

Smith have proved fruitless and we have been com=

pelled though with reluctance to abandon the

project.  He keeps constantly around him as body

guard some 12 to 14 enthusiastic fanaticks which renders

a secret approach impossible, and with the River frozen

over as it now is, even if we were to get him it would

be impossible to get away with him for one haloo from

him call a thousand men to his rescue.

            The only possible way to get him is through

the newly elected Governor    He may do something

but Carlin never would if he were to continue

Gov 20 years, he is about half Mormon himself

His house has been Smith’s Hotel when in

Quincy for the past two years

            Depend upon it, those fanaticks will one

day give your State a great deal of trouble, their

whole thoughts is how they they shall injure or des

troy Missouri & the first thing taught their new members

is to despise Missouri.  They have now purchased the principal

part of Keokuk & are coming into it very fast which puts

a body of them within 3 miles of the Missouri line.  I shall

leave here in March for Missouri.       Yours Respectfully

                                                                        L B Fleak