Letter to Sally Waterman Phelps, 20 July 1835

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, as has given me an opertu nity in his paper letter, I gladly improve it, how far it may be  to your edifycation I know not, but trust you will reciev[e]  it in a maner that shall answer my intention in so doing—  for my intention is to give you a word of consolation to streng[th] en you in the absence of your most worthy Companion; and—  husband whose Merits and experiance and acquirements, but  few can compete with in this generation and fewer I fear will  ever appretiate the worth of such men; men upon whom  God, in his wi[s]dom hath bestowed gifts, that duly qualify  them to lead men in the way of life and salvation. I consid er in some degree how great a trial you must have in this sepera tion, but I think I may safely say, that you may rest with  a firm reliance that God will so order it that you may  not be seperated only but for a short season, and then  <your joy will be full,> and if faithful <he will> return and teach you things that have  been hid from the wise and prudent, hiden things of  old times, as Moses said in Deut. 33d <chap> 19th verse for they shall  suck of the abundance of [the] [se]as and of the treasures hid  in the sand. Some of the[se] things have begun [to] come forth  therefore Lift up your heart and be glad; be comforted  be faithful: pray in faith; and in fine say to all the  saints in Zion as the Lord God liveth the is nigh at hand, and we shall live to see it
J. Sm[i]th Jr. [p. [1]]
, as has given me an opertunity in his letter, I gladly improve it, how far it may be to your edifycation I know not, but trust you will recieve it in a maner that shall answer my intention in so doing— for my intention is to give you a word of consolation to strengthen you in the absence of your most worthy Companion; and— husband whose Merits and experiance and acquirements, but few can compete with in this generation and fewer I fear will ever appretiate the worth of such men; men upon whom God, in his wisdom hath bestowed gifts, that duly qualify them to lead men in the way of life and salvation. I consider in some degree how great a trial you must have in this seperation, but I think I may safely say, that you may rest with a firm reliance that God will so order it that you may not be seperated only but for a short season, and then your joy will be full, and if faithful he will return and teach you things that have been hid from the wise and prudent, hiden things of old times, as Moses said in Deut. 33d chap 19th verse for they shall suck of the abundance of [the] [se]as and of the treasures hid in the sand. Some of these things have begun [to] come forth therefore Lift up your heart and be glad; be comforted be faithful: pray in faith; and in fine say to all the saints in Zion as the Lord God liveth the is nigh at hand, and we shall live to see it
J. Smith Jr. [p. [1]]
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