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Letter to Emma Smith, 13 October 1832

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PS while <is> Selecting goods I have  nothing to <do> but to Sit in my room and pray for him that  he may have strength to indure his labours for truly  it is <a> tedious job to stand on the feet all day to select  goods its wants good judgement and a long acquaintence  with goods to git good ones and a man must be  his own judge for no one will judge for him and  it is much pepleccity [perplexity] of mind I prefer reading and  praying and holding communeion with the holy spirit  and writing to <you> then walking the streets and beholding  the distraction of man I have <had> some conversation with  few which gave satisfaction and one very butiful  young gentleman from whose countinance was  very sollam he came and set by my side and began to  converce with me about the chol[e]ra and I learned he  had been seased with it and came very near dieng  [dying] with it he said the Lord had spared him for some  wise pu[r]pose I took advantage of this and opened a  long discours with him he received my teaching with  appearanly [apparently] with much pleasure and became very  strongly attacth [attached] to me we talkd till late at nig ht and concluded to omit <conversation> till the next day  but having some business to do he was detai ned untill the boat was ready to go out and must  leave he came to me and bid me Farewell <and we parted> with  much reluctance is received with  great kindness by all his old acquaintance he  is faithful in prayr and fervant in spirit  and he we take great comfort together there  is about one hundred boarders and sometimes more  in this house every <day> from one to two from  all parts of the world I think you would have  laughed right harty if you could [have?] been whe[r] e you could see the waiters to day noon waited  on the table both Black and white and molato  runing bowing and maneuvering but I must  conclude I remain Your affectionate Husband  until Death
Joseph Smith Junior [p. [3]]
PS while is Selecting goods I have nothing to do but to Sit in my room and pray for him that he may have strength to indure his labours for truly it is a tedious job to stand on the feet all day to select goods it wants good judgement and a long acquaintence with goods to git good ones and a man must be his own judge for no one will judge for him and it is much pepleccity [perplexity] of mind I prefer reading and praying and holding communeion with the holy spirit and writing to you then walking the streets and beholding the distraction of man I have had some conversation with few which gave satisfaction and one very butiful young gentleman from whose countinance was very sollam he came and set by my side and began to converce with me about the cholera and I learned he had been seased with it and came very near dieng dying with it he said the Lord had spared him for some wise purpose I took advantage of this and opened a long discours with him he received my teaching appearanly [apparently] with much pleasure and became very strongly attacth attached to me we talkd till late at night and concluded to omit conversation till the next day but having some business to do he was detained untill the boat was ready to go out and must leave he came to me and bid me Farewell and we parted with much reluctance is received with great kindness by all his old acquaintance he is faithful in prayr and fervant in spirit and we take great comfort together there is about one hundred boarders and sometimes more in this house every day from one to two from all parts of the world I think you would have laughed right harty if you could have been where you could see the waiters to day noon waited on the table both Black and white and molato runing bowing and maneuvering but I must conclude I remain Your affectionate Husband until Death
Joseph Smith Junior [p. [3]]
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