Letter to Emma Smith, 21 March 1839

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I wa[n]t the you to take the best care of the family you can which I believe you will do all you can I was sorry to learn that Frederick [Smith] was sick but I trust he is well again and that you are all well I want you to try to gain time and write to me a long letter and tell me all you can and even if old major is alive yet and what those little pratlers say that cling around you[r] neck do you tell them I am in prison that that their lives might be saved I want all the church to make out a bill of damages and apply to the Court as soon as possible howeveve[r] they will find out what can be done themselves you expressed my feelings concerning the order and I blieve that there is a way to git redress for such things but God ruleth all things after the council of his own will my trust is in him the salvation of my soul is of the most importants to me for as much as I know for a certainty of Eternal things if the heveans linger it is nothing to <me> I must stear my bark safe which I intend to do I want you to do the same yours forever Joseph Smith Jr
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I want you to take the best care of the family you can which I believe you will do all you can I was sorry to learn that Frederick [Smith] was sick but I trust he is well again and that you are all well I want you to try to gain time and write to me a long letter and tell me all you can and even if old major is alive yet and what those little pratlers say that cling around your neck do you tell them I am in prison that their lives might be saved I want all the church to make out a bill of damages and apply to the Court as soon as possible howevever they will find out what can be done themselves you expressed my feelings concerning the order and I blieve that there is a way to git redress for such things but God ruleth all things after the council of his own will my trust is in him the salvation of my soul is of the most importants to me for as much as I know for a certainty of Eternal things if the heveans linger it is nothing to me I must stear my bark safe which I intend to do I want you to do the same yours forever Joseph Smith Jr
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