Fairfield, Illinois July 27th. 1840
" Joseph Smith Jr
I wrote you a few days ago from this place but my great desire to be with you and your people prompts me to write me again at this time; and I hope it will not be considered obtr usive by friends whom I have always so highly esteemed as yourselves. At the last district and circuit Court of the United States, holden at in June last I had the honor of being on the grand Inquest of the United States for the District of , and hoped to have seen you there; but was quite disappoi nted. I attended the meeting of your people oppos ite Mr Lowry’s Hotel but did not make myself known as I had no personal acquaintance in the Congregation.
It would be my deliberate advice to you to con centrate all of your at one point— If with for its commercial emporium is to be that point, well,— fix upon it and let us co-operate with a general concerted action. You can rely upon me in any event. I am with you in Spirit, and will be in person as soon as circumstances permit, and imme diately if it is your desire. Wealth is no material object with me; I desire to be happy and am fully satisfied that I can enjoy myself better with your people [p. 170]