Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

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Star office. 149. oldham Road
Manchester; End.
Sept 5[th] 1840
To the of the , viz, Joseph Smith Jun,  & ,
Beloved of the Lord and of his saints;
We esteem it a great privilege to  be permitted to address you on, paper, while we are far  separated from you in a land of strangers, or perhaps  we might say with propriety, the land of our forefathers;  but be this as it may, it, is, indeed, a land of strangers  to us, only so far as we have began to become acquaintd  with the inhabitants, by a few months or years travels among  them, The time <of> our acquaintance is but short at the longest,  but when we contemplate our absence from our homes &  kindred, & especially our from the society of those who are over  us in the Lord, whose faces we delight to look upon, &  whose councils we are ever glad to receive, & rejoice in  following. the time seems to be prolonged; & while we  remain in this situation we hope you will not think us  burdensome, if we trouble you occasionally. to read our  thoughts, & answer us a few questions, or many, even as  many as is wisdom in God you should answer, for if we  ask those which are improper, it shall be on account of  our ignorance, therefore we pray you forgive us. We desire  not to council you in any, but to be counseld by you, for  it is the desire of our hearts to do the will of God in all  things, & we feel our own weekness & insufficiency for the [p. [1]]
Star office. 149. oldham Road
Manchester; End.
Sept 5[th] 1840
To the of the , viz, Joseph Smith Jun, & ,
Beloved of the Lord and of his saints;
We esteem it a great privilege to be permitted to address you on, paper, while we are far separated from you in a land of strangers, or perhaps we might say with propriety, the land of our forefathers; but be this as it may, it, is, indeed, a land of strangers to us, only so far as we have began to become acquaintd with the inhabitants, by a few months or years travels among them, The time of our acquaintance is but short at the longest, but when we contemplate our absence from our homes & kindred, & especially from the society of those who are over us in the Lord, whose faces we delight to look upon, & whose councils we are ever glad to receive, & rejoice in following. the time seems to be prolonged; & while we remain in this situation we hope you will not think us burdensome, if we trouble you occasionally. to read our thoughts, & answer us a few questions, or many, even as many as is wisdom in God you should answer, for if we ask those which are improper, it shall be on account of our ignorance, therefore we pray you forgive us. We desire not to council you in any, but to be counseld by you, for it is the desire of our hearts to do the will of God in all things, & we feel our own weekness & insufficiency for the [p. [1]]
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