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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Iowa Territory

L. B. Fleet about

the Mormons

[Reversed on the page]:

                       

                        Keokuk IT} Free       L. B. Fleak P.M.

                        March 21, )     [“at Keokuk I.T.” crossed out]           

 

His Excellency Thos Reynolds

                                                                         Jefferson City

                                                                                    Missouri


                                    Keokuk Iowa March 20th [184-]

His Excellency Thos Reynolds

                        Dear Sir

                                    I have just read with pleasure

of the arrest of that notorious Rockwell, and

I will say to you that it has created no small

excitement amongs the Mormons.  I am now

more than ever satisfied of the guilt of Joe

& I know he fears that Rockwell will turn

traitor.  If the right method is pursued I am

satisfied that he will do so for we all know

that a midnight assassin will stop at nothing

in a general way.  Those villians at Nauvoo

have ascertained by some means that I

was watching them closely and they

deceived me egregiously in regard to

the location of Rockwell  What I wrote

you a short time ago respecting his

being in the Pinery in Wisconsin was told

me in a very careless manner by one

of the ladies & I supposed it to be true,

but I am now convinced that it was

done purposely to deceive me.  I fear some

difficulties with them but my house [a] pretty fair ar=

senal and if they interfere with me I shall

give them the best show possible.  I intend

leaving the infernal Mormon region in one

month more                 Respectfully

                                                Your obdt servt

                                                            L. B. Fleak

[written up the left hand side of the page]:

P.S.  You will pardon me for writing you with so many unasked for notes. Whether welcome or not I am determined to keep you constantly advised of every movement

that I am amongst them.