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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Free L B Fleak  P M

at Keokuk I. T.

                             Jo Smith

L B  

On Steamer Margarette

His Excellency  Gov Reynolds

Jefferson City

       Mo

1842


Keokuk I. T. Augt 14 1842

His Excellency Gov Reynolds

                        Sir

                                    Enclosed you will find a

letter from the Post Mast at Montrose 12

miles above this place & opposite the Mormon

City, it contains all the information that

can be had up to that time

                                    Smith is now skulking around

in this Territory and will probably stay

here until a requisition on our Gov drives

him somewhere else.  He was in our Town

at 12 oClock last night consulting one of

our Attorneys   The cause of his being

given up to the Marshal of the City of

Nauvoo, was this, they have an ordinance

in their City which prohibits any persons

being taken away from there without a

hearing & the Sheriff who arrested him having

no counsel was obliged to go to Quincy to

procure it.  In his absence Smith procured

an examination before a Mormon Mayor

& of course was liberated

                        The Mormons say that Smith shall

not be taken to Missouri, that they will

fight & all this.  We had a sample of

that in your State,  I will write as

often as I can obtain any information

                                     Very Respectfully

                                      Your Obdt servt

                                           L W  Fleak