Letter to Hyrum Smith and Nauvoo, Illinois, High Council, 5 December 1839

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in electing to their chair protem; but whether they will git their speaker and clerk chosen is yet unknown, as there is a great deal of wind blown off on the occasion each day— There is such an itching disposition to display their oratory on the most trivial occasions and so much etiquett, bowing and scraping, twisting and turning to, make a display of their witticism that it seems to us rather a display of folly and show more than substance & gravity, such as becomes a great nation like ours. (however there are some exceptions) A warm feeling has been manifested in the discussion of the house to day, and it seems as much confusion as though the nation had already began to be vexed— We came with one of the members from Wheeling to this place, who was drunk but once and that however was all <most of> the time; there was but one day but what he could navigate and that day he was keeld. over so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away with the stage, they ran about 3 miles; several pasengers jumped out and were hurt, bro.r Jos. clum out of the stage— got the lines and stoped the horses, and also saved the life of a lady & child. He was highly commended by the whole company for his great exertions and presence of mind through the whole affair.— jumped out of the stage at a favourable moment, just before they stoped with a view to assist in stoping them and was but slightly injured— We were not known to the stage company until after our arrival, In our interview with the , He interogated us wherein we differed in our religion from the other religions of the day. Bro, Joseph said we differed in mode of and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the — We considered that all other considerations were contained in the , and we deemed it unnecessary to make many words in preaching the Gospel to him— Suffice it to say he has got our testimony— We watch the Post Office like a Turkey Buzzard <watches for> carcase, but have recd no letters from our sections of the Country— Write instantly
Yours with respect
J. S Jr.
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in electing to their chair protem; but whether they will git their speaker and clerk chosen is yet unknown, as there is a great deal of wind blown off on the occasion each day— There is such an itching disposition to display their oratory on the most trivial occasions and so much etiquett, bowing and scraping, twisting and turning to, make a display of their witticism that it seems to us rather a display of folly and show more than substance & gravity, such as becomes a great nation like ours. (however there are some exceptions) A warm feeling has been manifested in the discussion of the house to day, and it seems as much confusion as though the nation had already began to be vexed— We came with one of the members from Wheeling to this place, who was drunk but once and that however was most of the time; there was but one day but what he could navigate and that day he was keeld. over so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away with the stage, they ran about 3 miles; several pasengers jumped out and were hurt, bro.r Jos. clum out of the stage— got the lines and stoped the horses, and also saved the life of a lady & child. He was highly commended by the whole company for his great exertions and presence of mind through the whole affair.— jumped out of the stage at a favourable moment, just before they stoped with a view to assist in stoping them and was but slightly injured— We were not known to the stage company until after our arrival, In our interview with the , He interogated us wherein we differed in our religion from the other religions of the day. Bro, Joseph said we differed in mode of and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the — We considered that all other considerations were contained in the , and we deemed it unnecessary to make many words in preaching the Gospel to him— Suffice it to say he has got our testimony— We watch the Post Office like a Turkey Buzzard watches for carcase, but have recd no letters from our sections of the Country— Write instantly
Yours with respect
J. S Jr.
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