, , England, to JS and Quorum of the Twelve, [, Hancock Co., IL], 10–21 Jan. 1844; handwriting of ; docket in handwriting of ; twenty-four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
January 10th. 1844
President Joseph Smith
and Quorum of the twelve Apostles President and Clerk
Much Esteemed and Beloved Brethern, after the Busel [bustle] of the day in preparing the Barque Fanny for the Rec[e]ption of passengers for is over I improve a few momints in adressing you while I am alone in the office how cheering it would be to me could I but have the priviledge of conve[r]sing with you face to face in sted of giving you the signs of my Ideas upon paper could I but have had council at your hands Respecting some things that have transpiered in of Late how thankful I should feel. but alass the Great Deep Roles Between us and it seems as if you have <had> forgoten me altho promised to send me the Times & seasons and Neibour but one solatary Neibour has ever Reached me if sent I wish to Remind Elder of his Promis to me that he would write to me often and give me council and how things was giting on in your council would be thankfuly Received and adheard to by your humble servent
Before I Begin to give you a Relation of the situation of things here I would say Brother John Hill and His sister arived here on the 8th. inst from on their way to Cheltingham [Cheltenham, England] who stated that the Mob spirit had subsided in and that country and all was peace in which was the most informaton that I have Received from since I Left Except Now and then a straglerlonly <stray> Nauvoo Neibour that comes into the office to it is over a year since a times & seasons has Reached this [p. 1]