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

about Jos Smith

Free:  L. B. Fleak PM

at Keokuk I.T.

                           His Excellency Thos Reynolds

                                                                        Jefferson City

                                                             [Leander] )                     Mo

[illegible] Steam Packet [“Rosalie” crossed out] )

                                                to St. Louis

Octo 1842


                                                            Keokuk I.T. Oct 7th 1842

Gov Reynolds

            Dear Sir

                        I hasten to correct the information

which I gave you per last nights Boat respecting

the supposed arrest of Jo Smith

            Smith is Not arrested, as was reported.  This I have

from my brother (the same that addressed me the note that

I enclosed to you) and I know it can be relied upon

            The note before me Ů from him is dated at Nauvoo & was written

the morning after the other was written.  What can

be the object of the Mormons in reporting his

arrest I cannot conjecture, they must have some

thing in view.  I shall be in Nauvoo tomorrow –

and should any thing transpire worthy of

notice I will again write you.  In the mean

time the plan proposed in my note of the

5th Ins will be vigorously prosecuted

            The Reward has had one salutary effect, it

has stopped their settling in our Town & those

that had come down have returned to Nauvoo.

                                    Very Respectfully

                                                Your obdt servt

                                                L. B. Fleak