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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 21 January 1838

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Sir.—
Mo. Jany. 21st. 1838.
Sir.— I should have written you long since but for ill  health, I have anxiously waited to recover, that I might give  you a full history of my excursion to <the> north according to  my promise; and were it not for the recent intelligence  from , which gives me so much surprise, should  still defer— you will be able to judge from the formation  of my letter how week and infirm are my nerves. I have  been sick six weeks, and a large part of the time con fined to my room and bed.
I was absent, when north. some twenty days, and should  not have returned then but for the failure of  to forward provisions as he agreed. I labored incessantly  every day except one,—rain, snow or frost. I lay on the cold  damp earth; had but little to eat, and that indifferent; but  explored a great any and precious country. I ran many lines  with compass and chain, found a great many of the  finest mill-Sites I have seen in the western  country <or world,> and made between forty and fifty choice  locations.
Notwithstanding the feeble sta[t]e of my health, I  had previously made preparations, and yet expect  to start to morrow morning (Monday) to view still  east of where I previously went.
I learn from , by the last letters, that you  have publickly said, that when you were here I  confessed to you that I had willfully lied about  you— this compels me to ask you to correct that state ment, and give me an explanation—until which you  and myself are two.
Mr. Joseph Smith Jr [p. [80]]
Mo. Jany. 21st. 1838.
Sir.— I should have written you long since but for ill health, I have anxiously waited to recover, that I might give you a full history of my excursion to the north according to my promise; and were it not for the recent intelligence from , which gives me so much surprise, should still defer— you will be able to judge from the formation of my letter how week and infirm are my nerves. I have been sick six weeks, and a large part of the time confined to my room and bed.
I was absent, when north. some twenty days, and should not have returned then but for the failure of to forward provisions as he agreed. I labored incessantly every day except one,—rain, snow or frost. I lay on the cold damp earth; had but little to eat, and that indifferent; but explored a great and precious country. I ran many lines with compass and chain, found a great many of the finest mill-Sites I have seen in the western country or world, and made between forty and fifty choice locations.
Notwithstanding the feeble state of my health, I had previously made preparations, and yet expect to start to morrow morning (Monday) to view still east of where I previously went.
I learn from , by the last letters, that you have publickly said, that when you were here I confessed to you that I had willfully lied about you— this compels me to ask you to correct that statement, and give me an explanation—until which you and myself are two.
Mr. Joseph Smith Jr [p. [80]]
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