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Letter to Emma Smith, 4 November 1838

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when we arrived at the river last night an express came to from of Howard County claiming the right of command ordering us back where <or what place> God only knows, and there is some feelings betwen the offercers, I do not know where it will end, it <is> said by some that , is determined to exterminating exterminate God has spared some of us thus far perhaps he will extend mercy in some degree toward us <yet> some of the people of this place have told me that some of the mormans may settle in this county as others <men> do the peg I have some hopes that something may turn out for good to the afflicted saints, I want you to stay where you are untill you here from me again, I may send for you to bring you to me, I cannot learn much for certainty in the situation that I am in, and can only pray for deliverance, untill it is meeted out, and take every thing as it comes, with patient patience and fortitude, I hope you will be faithful and true to every trust, I cant write much in my situation, conduct all matters as your circumstances and necesities require, may God give you wisdom and prudance and sobriety which <I> have every reason to believe you will, those little <childrens> are subjects of my meditation continually, tell them that Father is yet alive, God grant that he may see them again Oh for God sake [p. [2]]
when we arrived at the river last night an express came to from of Howard County claiming the right of command ordering us back where or what place God only knows, and there is some feelings betwen the offercers, I do not know where it will end, it is said by some that , is determined to exterminate God has spared some of us thus far perhaps he will extend mercy in some degree toward us yet some of the people of this place have told me that some of the mormans may settle in this county as others men do I have some hopes that something may turn out for good to the afflicted saints, I want you to stay where you are untill you here from me again, I may send for you to bring you to me, I cannot learn much for certainty in the situation that I am in, and can only pray for deliverance, untill it is meeted out, and take every thing as it comes, with patience and fortitude, I hope you will be faithful and true to every trust, I cant write much in my situation, conduct all matters as your circumstances and necesities require, may God give you wisdom and prudance and sobriety which I have every reason to believe you will, those little childrens are subjects of my meditation continually, tell them that Father is yet alive, God grant that he may see them again Oh for God sake [p. [2]]
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