, Letter, , Adams Co., IL, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 7 Feb. 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.
Feby 7th 1844
Dear Brother Joseph Smith
It has been for some time my desire to write you; not only to keep up an acquaintance which was commenced under peculiarly interesting circumstances; but for the purpose of soliciting you to make me & my family a visit bringing with you your dear (for Whom I entertain feelings of the highest esteem) & as many of your children as you conveniently can bring.
My regard for your personal welfare would not admit of my influenc[in]g you to come if I supposed you could not do so safely; but I do not know of a citizen in our vicinity who would be in the least disposed to offer you harm. Many of our citizens & particular friends visited your last summer & have often expressed their delight at the reception they met with from yourself & others.
It is with great pleasure I am able to anounce to you the prosperity of our Branch in ; both Temporal [p. ]