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Letter to Emma Smith, 12 November 1838

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November 12th 1838
My Dear .
we are prisoners  in chains, and under strong guards, for  Christ sake and for no other causes  although there has been things that were  unbeknown to us, and altogether beyond  our controal, that might seem, to the mob  to be a pretext, for them to persacute us,  but on examination, I think that the  authorities, will discover our inocence, and  set us free, but if this blessing cannot be  done obtained, I have this consolation that  I am an innocent man, let what will befall  me, I recieved your letter which I read over  and over again, it was a sweet morsal  to me, Oh God grant that I may have  the privaliege of seeing once more my lovely  Family, in the injoyment, of the sweets of  liberty, and sotiaial life, to press them to  my bosam and kiss[i]ng their lovely cheeks  would fill my heart with unspeakable great  grattitude, tell the chilldren that I am alive  and trust I shall come and see them before  long, comfort their hearts all you can, and  try to be comforted yourself, all you can, there  is no possible dainger but what we shall  be set at Liberty if Justice can be <and> done <and> that  you know as well as myself, the tryal will  begin today for some of us,  and we expect , will plead  our cause, we could <git> no others in time for  the tryal, they are able man and <will> do well no  doubt, is chained next  to me he he has a true heart and a  firm mind, , is next, , next, , next, , next,  , next, and thus we are bound  together in chains as well as the cords of  everlasting love, we are in good spirits and  rejoice that we are counted worthy to be per sicuted for christ sake, tell little ,  he must be a good boy, and Father loves him <with> a per fect love, he is the Eldest must not hurt  those that <are> smaller then him, but cumfort  them tell little , Father, loves him,  with all his heart, he is a lovely boy [p. 1]
November 12th 1838
My Dear .
we are prisoners in chains, and under strong guards, for Christ sake and for no other causes although there has been things that were unbeknown to us, and altogether beyond our controal, that might seem, to the mob to be a pretext, for them to persacute us, but on examination, I think that the authorities, will discover our inocence, and set us free, but if this blessing cannot be obtained, I have this consolation that I am an innocent man, let what will befall me, I recieved your letter which I read over and over again, it was a sweet morsal to me, Oh God grant that I may have the privaliege of seeing once more my lovely Family, in the injoyment, of the sweets of liberty, and sotiaial life, to press them to my bosam and kiss their lovely cheeks would fill my heart with unspeakable grattitude, tell the chilldren that I am alive and trust I shall come and see them before long, comfort their hearts all you can, and try to be comforted yourself, all you can, there is no possible dainger but what we shall be set at Liberty if Justice can be done and that you know as well as myself, the tryal will begin today for some of us, and we expect , will plead our cause, we could git no others in time for the tryal, they are able man and will do well no doubt, is chained next to me he has a true heart and a firm mind, , is next, , next, , next, , next, , next, and thus we are bound together in chains as well as the cords of everlasting love, we are in good spirits and rejoice that we are counted worthy to be persicuted for christ sake, tell little , he must be a good boy, and Father loves him with a perfect love, he is the Eldest must not hurt those that are smaller then him, but cumfort them tell little , Father, loves him, with all his heart, he is a lovely boy [p. 1]
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