Mo. Jany. 21st. 1838.
Sir.— I should have written you
long since but for ill health, I have anxiously waited to recover,
that I might give you a full history of my excursion to
<the> north according to my promise; and were it not for the
recent intelligence from , which gives me so much surprise,
should still defer— you will be able to judge from the formation
of my letter how week and infirm are my nerves. I have been
sick six weeks, and a large part of the time con fined to my room
I was absent, when north. some
twenty days, and should not have returned then but for the failure
to forward provisions as he agreed. I labored incessantly
every day except one,—rain, snow or frost. I lay on the cold
damp earth; had but little to eat, and that indifferent; but
explored a great any and precious country. I
ran many lines with compass and chain,
found a great many of the finest mill-Sites I have seen in the
western country <or world,> and made between forty and
fifty choice locations.
Notwithstanding the feeble
sta[t]e of my health, I had previously made
preparations, and yet expect to start to morrow morning (Monday) to view still east of
where I previously went.
I learn from , by the last
letters, that you have publickly said, that when
you were here I confessed to you that I had willfully lied about
you— this compels me to ask you to correct that state ment, and
give me an explanation—until which you and myself are two.
Mr. Joseph Smith Jr [p. ]