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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Fleak. P.M.

about Joe Smith

Oct: 1842

His Excellency Thos Reynolds

                                                                         Jefferson City


                                                Keokuk I.T. Oct 5th 1842

Gov Reynolds

            Dr Sir

                        I am this moment in receipt of

your favour of the 23rd Ultimo & Mailed on the 26th

and also in receipt of the enclosed letter from

my half brother who left here this morning.

            I hope that my brother has not been misinformed

The Town that he dates his letter at is immediately

opposite Nauvoo—Since writing the above another

respectable man has arrived at my house with the [“word” crossed out]

same report that my brother sends me—he obtained his

information from one of the leaders of the Church.  In fact

he told me that he had seen a letter from Jo. stating

that there would be no chance for him longer to

escape, that the officers were then in Nauvoo &c

In this same package I send you another letter

that I had written before I was in receipt of

either yours or my brother’s letters.  It is a fact that

Smith ordered the Mormons back to Nauvoo that

had started. The person of whom they were purchas=

ing told me not 10 minutes since

            Success to the enterprize

                                                Your obdt servt

                                                L. B. Fleak

P.S. I will write you again)

tomorrow night                 )

[numbering illegible]

Post Master

at Keokuck

about Mormon


[written sideways on page]

Free L. B. Fleak P.M.

at Keokuk Iowa Ty

His Excellency Thos Reynolds

                                                                        Jefferson City

St. Louis                                                                           Mo