Letter from Orrin Porter Rockwell, 1 December 1842

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Dec 1st. 1842
Dear Brother Joseph Smith
I am requested by our friend — to drop a few lines informing you that he is in this place, his Health is Good— but his Spirits are depressed caused by his being unable to obtain employment of any kind— he has appyed [applied] in different parts of the and County— but all with–out suc<c>ess— as Farmers can get persons to work from sunrise till dark— for merly what they eat— he is most anxious to hear from you— and wishes you to see his Mother and Children— and write all the particulars how matters and things are— and what the prospects are— I pity him from the Bottom of my Heart— his lot in life seems marked with sorrow Bitterness and care— he is a Noble Generous friend— but you know his worth! any com[m]ents from me would be surpurfous [superfluous]. he will wait in this place until he hears from you— please write imediately— [p. [1]]
Dec 1st. 1842
Dear Brother Joseph Smith
I am requested by our friend — to drop a few lines informing you that he is in this place, his Health is Good— but his Spirits are depressed caused by his being unable to obtain employment of any kind— he has appyed [applied] in different parts of the and County— but all with–out success— as Farmers can get persons to work from sunrise till dark— for merly what they eat— he is most anxious to hear from you— and wishes you to see his Mother and Children— and write all the particulars how matters and things are— and what the prospects are— I pity him from the Bottom of my Heart— his lot in life seems marked with sorrow Bitterness and care— he is a Noble Generous friend— but you know his worth! any comments from me would be surpurfous [superfluous]. he will wait in this place until he hears from you— please write imediately— [p. [1]]
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