, Letter, , Westchester Co., NY, to JS, , 31 Dec. 1839. Featured version copied [between Apr. and June 1840] in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 117–118; handwriting of ; JS Collection, CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 2.
On 31 December 1839, member wrote a letter inviting JS to eastern . Jenks wrote the letter from , New York, a town approximately thirty miles north of , and likely sent it to , unaware that JS had left the national capital for about ten days earlier. The letter encouraged the delegation in Washington in its efforts to obtain redress for losses church members earlier suffered in and also expressed the desire of the Saints in Sing Sing and New York City to have JS visit them. Aware of JS’s debts and lack of funds, Jenks warned JS regarding New York’s strict laws against debtors and poor transients and offered to pay JS’s travel expenses to Sing Sing and New York City.
It is unknown whether the post office forwarded the letter to JS in or if JS received the letter upon returning to . If JS responded to , that letter has not been located. Jenks’s original letter is apparently not extant, but copied the letter into JS Letterbook 2 sometime between April and June 1840.
Pratt, Parley P. The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Parley P. Pratt Jr. New York: Russell Brothers, 1874.
Sir In the bonds of the Gospel of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, may the Lord be with and strengthen you, while in the business in which you are engaged at , together with the rest of your Bretheren & associates there, in compliance will [with] the revealed will of God.
I am pleased to learn that the head, and— also the rest of the chosen , are fired with inteligent zeal, to do the will of the Lord; that this Kingdom may soon come in its fullness, when the Knowledge of the Lord shall cover.— the earth as the waters cover the Deep
Allow me to say dear Brother, it is the desire of the Bretheren at , as well as at , to come into our city & Vilage, if you should deem it expedient. I know that there were some pecuniary embarrassments, under which you have been in time past labouring; and do not know but they are still continueing; if so I am aware that you could not visit us the City without laying yourself liable to imprisonment, which I should be sorry to have take place; as it is the law of our land that a nonresident shall be liable to imprisonment; yet I do not know but you might manage in that way so as not to have the law enforced. I mention these things so that you may not be brought into bondage unawares; perhaps by those, who may feel a disposition to persecute the saints in and would be very much grattified to have your presence
I wish you would answer this as soon as it comes to hand, letting me know the expense, or fare to also The <expense the> rest of the rout to & , I know the amt of. I will give you a returning answer immediately, [p. 117]