Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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family are well and have been ever since you  left. & family were brought here  the day you left, and were brot. here under the  influence of a ravaging disease; but  soon recovered his health, and has gone east;  though his is very feeble yet. was brought here, the day subsequent to  your leaving home, and suffered extremely untill  Sunday morning; when his spirit left its suffering  tenement for a better mansion than he had here:  he lost his speech the first evening he was here,  and did not utter a single silable afterwards;  though he retained his mental faculties. His  death was sensibly felt by all in this place, and  his wife will omit having his funeral, untill you  return home; his disolution being so sudden and un expected much business remains unattended to, in con sequence of it; though has put ,  in his office; yet he has done nothing towards adjusting the  business as yet, nor do I think he will. requests  me to have you send inform us, what became of the letter,  which Mr. , sent <containing the names,> of a num ber of subscribers; he wanting the letter on account of the names  therein, ’s health has been very <good> till to day, when  his he is not so well as usual— The difficulties between   and , are still augmenting, the sher iff of crossed Skunk river at ’s place  this week with a Sheriff, taken prisoner while  collecting taxes for , and we are informed that  there are three thousand Troops in pursuit of him,  the mails have been stop[p]ed, and the Missourians have  retained the powder and lead which belonged to the  Merchants above them, but sending the others goods as  usual; this is all the information we can get, and  it is my serious impression it is true.
There is manifested, far great anxiety for you in  this place; that you may be prospered in the mission  whereunto you are sent— As the night is fast approa ching, I must reserve my better feeling untill I have  a better opportunity to express them, Yours Affectionately
Joseph Smith} [p. 116]
family are well and have been ever since you left. & family were brought here the day you left, and were brot. here under the influence of a ravaging disease; but soon recovered his health, and has gone east; though his is very feeble yet. was brought here, the day subsequent to your leaving home, and suffered extremely untill Sunday morning; when his spirit left its suffering tenement for a better mansion than he had here: he lost his speech the first evening he was here, and did not utter a single silable afterwards; though he retained his mental faculties. His death was sensibly felt by all in this place, and his wife will omit having his funeral, untill you return home; his disolution being so sudden and unexpected much business remains unattended to, in consequence of it; though has put , in his office; yet he has done nothing towards adjusting the business as yet, nor do I think he will. requests me to have you inform us, what became of the letter, which Mr. , sent containing the names, of a number of subscribers; he wanting the letter on account of the names therein, ’s health has been very good till to day, when he is not so well as usual— The difficulties between and , are still augmenting, the sheriff of crossed Skunk river at ’s place this week with a Sheriff, taken prisoner while collecting taxes for , and we are informed that there are three thousand Troops in pursuit of him, the mails have been stopped, and the Missourians have retained the powder and lead which belonged to the Merchants above them, but sending the others goods as usual; this is all the information we can get, and it is my serious impression it is true.
There is manifested, far great anxiety for you in this place; that you may be prospered in the mission whereunto you are sent— As the night is fast approaching, I must reserve my better feeling untill I have a better opportunity to express them, Yours Affectionately
Joseph Smith} [p. 116]
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