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Letter to Emma Smith, 9 November 1839

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<Ill> November 9th 1839
My Dear
perhaps you may thing [think] strange  That we are not fu<r>ther on our Jouny [journey] at this  date but I will say that we have done all  that we could for the saf[e]ty of  on account of his week state of hea[l]th and  this morning we are under the neces nesesity  of leaveing him at s and pesueing  our Journy without him we think he will soon  recover his health as he is not dangerously sick  we regret that he cannot go on with us very much  much but cannot help ourselves but must comm it him into the hands of God and go on  being fil[le]d with constant anxiety for our  Families and friends behind I shall be filled <with>  constant anxiety about you and the children  until I hear from you and in a particular  maner litle it was so painful to  leave him sick I hope you will wa[t]ch over  those tender of[f]springs in a maner that <is> <is> bec oming a mother and <a> saint and try to cutive te [cultivate] their minds and learn <them> to read and be sober  do not let <them> be exposed to the wether to take  cold and try to git all the rest you can  it will be a long and lonesome time and  dureing my absence from you and nothing  but a sense of humanity could have  urged me on to a so great a sacrafice  but shall I see so many perish and <not> seek  redress no I will try this once in the <name> of the  Lord therefore be patient u<n>till I come and  do the best you can I cannot write what I  want but believe me <my> feelings are of the best  kind towards you all my hand cramps so I  must close I am
[signature cut out] [Joseph Smith Jr.]
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Ill November 9th 1839
My Dear
perhaps you may thing [think] strange That we are not further on our Jouny [journey] at this date but I will say that we have done all that we could for the safety of on account of his week state of health and this morning we are under the nesesity of leaveing him at s and pesueing our Journy without him we think he will soon recover his health as he is not dangerously sick we regret that he cannot go on with us very much but cannot help ourselves but must commit him into the hands of God and go on being filled with constant anxiety for our Families and friends behind I shall be filled with constant anxiety about you and the children until I hear from you and in a particular maner litle it was so painful to leave him sick I hope you will watch over those tender offsprings in a maner that is becoming a mother and a saint and try to cutivete [cultivate] their minds and learn them to read and be sober do not let them be exposed to the wether to take cold and try to git all the rest you can it will be a long and lonesome time dureing my absence from you and nothing but a sense of humanity could have urged me on to so great a sacrafice but shall I see so many perish and not seek redress no I will try this once in the name of the Lord therefore be patient untill I come and do the best you can I cannot write what I want but believe me my feelings are of the best kind towards you all my hand cramps so I must close I am
[signature cut out] [Joseph Smith Jr.]
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