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Letter to Emma Smith, 18 May 1834

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19th 18th May in Indiana State town of
My Dear
meeting being over I sit down in my tent to write a few lines to you to let you know that you are on my mind and that I am sensible of the dut[i]es of a Husband and Father and that I am well and I pray God to let his blessings to rest upon you and the Children and all that are a round you untill I return to your society the few lines you wrote and sent by the ha[n]d of Brother Lyman gave me satisfaction and comfort and I hope you will continue to communicate to me by your own hand for this is a consolation to me that to convirse <with> you in this way in my lonely moments which is not easily discribed I will indeavour to write every Su[n]day if I can and let you know how I am <and> will write to and give him the names of the places we pass through and a history of our jour[n]ey from time to time so that it <will> not be nessary to <for> me to endevou [endeavor] to write it but feel a satisfaction to write a few lines with my own hand in this way I can have the privelege to communicate some of my feelings that I should not dare to reveal as you know that <my> situation is a very critacal one and and are all well and are humble are detirmined to be faithful and finally all the Brothen [brethren] are well and cannot fail I must close for I cannot write on my knees sitting on the ground to edification O may the blessings of God rest upon you is the prayre of your Husband until death
[Joseph Smith Jr.] [p. [1]]
18th May in Indiana State town of
My Dear
meeting being over I sit down in my tent to write a few lines to you to let you know that you are on my mind and that I am sensible of the duties of a Husband and Father and that I am well and I pray God let his blessings rest upon you and the Children and all that are a round you untill I return to your society the few lines you wrote and sent by the hand of Brother Lyman gave me satisfaction and comfort and I hope you will continue to communicate to me by your own hand for this is a consolation to me to convirse with you in this way in my lonely moments which is not easily discribed I will indeavour to write every Sunday if I can and let you know how I am and will write to and give him the names of the places we pass through and a history of our journey from time to time so that it will not be nessary for me to endevou [endeavor] to write it but feel a satisfaction to write a few lines with my own hand in this way I can have the privelege to communicate some of my feelings that I should not dare to reveal as you know that my situation is a very critacal one and and are all well and are humble are detirmined to be faithful and finally all the Brothen [brethren] are well and cannot fail I must close for I cannot write on my knees sitting on the ground to edification O may the blessings of God rest upon you is the prayre of your Husband until death
Joseph Smith Jr. [p. [1]]
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