, Letter, Pittsburg, OH, to JS and , [, Hancock Co., IL], 16 Apr. 1844; handwriting of ; docket in handwriting of ; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
(PS) Dear Bretheren I hope you will not consider me vain If I should say that it is probible I have given the Books spoken of in this communication the most carefull and criticle investigation of any other man on Earth by a long and diligent search and untireing labour I have writen out a concordence of all the coresponding points in those Book for my own use in ready refference to the coresponding matter contained in the Book of Mormon and those histories of the American antiquities therefore it is posible and very probable that relative to this matter as evidence of the truth of the divinity of our cause I can set forth the greates[t] amount of evidence and that too of such a nature that both the learned and unlearned are perfectly astounded and confounded they know not what to say or what course to take they <are> perfectly chained up and silent as if bound with the lock jaw—— Therefore with your permision I will travel from place <to place> where the first principles of the gospel has been preached and lecture on this matter and set it before people fairly; you may be assured that this kind of evidence is what the honest part of the community is asking for especially the rich— It answers the same as to see the “plates” it is a kind of evidence that the mind can grasp at once doing away all doubt at once
Please give me your sanction on this matter and I will improve the oppertunity to the best advantage posible to raise funds for to be appropriated to the and other purposes and raise subscriptions for the papers
your answer to this <is> humbly solicited immediately— at the longest at the return of Elder Grant— [p. ]