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Joseph Denison to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

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Parkville May 6 1857
Dear Br. Goodnow
You doubtless have received by Ellen’s letter the sad intelligence of the death of Lucinda. It both surprised and deeply affected me. I trust we shall live in daily preparation to exchange worlds.—We felt some interest to know Br. Oakley’s opinion of Manhattan and our College site etc He pronounces M. one of the best city sites in the Territory and after riding on to and surveying the College grounds his very decided language was: “Go ahead and put up your College.” He wishes to buy Shattucks Shares at the price at which he offered them to Br. Kimball. On Monday after we returned we had a meeting of the College Trustees and organized. Mr Houston is Pres. Br. Marlatt. Sec. Mr Blood Treas. etc Mr Houston and

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two others are a Committee to secure the land etc Mr Ludlam who came out with Dr. [C.?] Evans and P. Judson of Evanston Ill. Spent nearly a week near Manhattan while we were absent and thought they would certainly take hold of our Enterprise if they failed at Palmyra. This fact induced me to put off at once and see them if possible before they left the territory. So that in about a week after leaving Nebraska City I was on my way to Lawrance. They had gone however without making any arrangements either with Palmyra or us. Br. Dennis was just starting for St. Louis and Illinois and myself & Br. Oakley each sent letters by him to them commending both Enterprises to their special favor and requesting them to come, and see and determine for themselves. Could we induce them with their ample means and

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Experience to take the Enterprise and put it through for about one fourth of the land & the [xxx] donations it would greatly relieve us and their experience in building up the North Western University has well prepared them to do it . Dr. Evans being Pres of the Board of Trustees and Br P. Judson financial Agent. I think they wish but one Institution and here will be our difficulty with them. But perhaps when they see the whole subject as it is they may conclude to take hold of two. I wish we could see them together. Providentially I met Mr. Pomeroy at Lawrance. He clearly sees the importance of the Enterprise and saw it must go and that the lowest sum the Aid Co. ought to think of Subscribing at first should be $2000.00 and more after if necessary But Mr. Higginson one of the Directors and one of the Executive Committee of the Company was there and going to Manhattan & they could not then decide positively what

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they would do. Mr P is going right off to Boston and said he would labor with them the Aid Co. for the Enterprise there. We are now here awaiting Mr Parks decision in the case he receives it well and is in for it. What he will do I will try and let you know before closing this letter. Railroad matters press very heavily on him and Dr. Wilcox has come down with me to get him to take some $2000.00 as stock in our New Stone Hotel at Manhattan. Ellen doubtless informed you of the fire in M ere we returned. Mead and Co. are going to put up a Stone Hotel to cost $5000.00 and our Association to put up one to cost $10,000.00--$6000.00 of which the members there & the Association take if the Aid Co & Mr Park will take the rest. I took 3 shares ($300.) ½ of which I would like to transfer to you. I felt that the Hotel Enterprise must go in order to help ours along. Mr Park had Subscribed $500.00 only to start with but adds that he is ready to work and do more. There is work for us in this job but it must be done and I think it can be. I want to hear from you & see you. We ought to be together every day pushing this matter right and left. I hope you will soon be through with the Church Enterprise. Love to Nancy and all the family. Very truly yours Joseph Denison
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