Letter from Willard Richards, 9 August 1842

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I found very feeble. & <I> brought her away from the bay for a respite. & the benefit of Sea air. her health is gradually improving. & mine is good. Friday last we went to the . Long island, where we were most cordially welcomed by . Lady; & family consisting of one Son & one daugthr. His mansion is of the first order surpassed by none in & few in .— & yet his table Livery. &c are humble, having retrenched his expences to suit the pressure of the times. though worth his hundreds of thousands. , in his ancestry Joins unites the Blood of two Noble families of . but although he may pride himself thereon in some degree, yet he does not rest his greatness, or popularity on such a sandy foundation; he is a gentleman. & stands at the head of the Elite of ;— he is a schollar, & believing that every man should be the creator of himself. or the originater of his own resources, has applied himself with unremitting diligence to all the arts & sciences & subjects within his reach, & those not a few.— His mind is of the highest order & stoops not to notice those Little broils which distract the human family, & when the shafts of envy are aimed at his head he wards them with a grace becoming himself, He rather seemed to regret. that Joseph should have taken notice enough of . to publish any thing about him, but when the cause I explained, he was satisfied,— He was satisfied of true character before I saw him, & holds him in utter detestation. is Says he believes Joseph as great a prophet as Moses. & a better man.— but he does not believe in Special Revelation in any period of time. He belongs to no sect or party, & were he to Join any would as soon Join the mormons [p. [2]]
I found very feeble. & I brought her away from the bay for a respite. & the benefit of Sea air. her health is gradually improving. & mine is good. Friday last we went to the . Long island, where we were most cordially welcomed by . Lady; & family consisting of one Son & one daugthr. His mansion is of the first order surpassed by none in & few in .— & yet his table Livery. &c are humble, having retrenched his expences to suit the pressure of the times. though worth his hundreds of thousands. , in his ancestry unites the Blood of two Noble families of . but although he may pride himself thereon in some degree, yet he does not rest his greatness, or popularity on such a sandy foundation; he is a gentleman. & stands at the head of the Elite of ;— he is a schollar, & believing that every man should be the creator of himself. or the originater of his own resources, has applied himself with unremitting diligence to all the arts & sciences & subjects within his reach, & those not a few.— His mind is of the highest order & stoops not to notice those Little broils which distract the human family, & when the shafts of envy are aimed at his head he wards them with a grace becoming himself, He rather seemed to regret. that Joseph should have taken notice enough of . to publish any thing about him, but when the cause I explained, he was satisfied,— He was satisfied of true character before I saw him, & holds him in utter detestation. Says he believes Joseph as great a prophet as Moses. & a better man.— but he does not believe in Special Revelation in any period of time. He belongs to no sect or party, & were he to Join any would as soon Join the mormons [p. [2]]
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