Letter from Robert D. and Sarah Phinney Foster, circa 16 August 1842

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subscribing myself & Lady your sincere friends, in the Everlasting Covenant
Sarah [Phinney Foster]. &.
Lieut Genl. Joseph Smith &c
NB I met a family in a near the black Swamp moving to our the Son in Law has been there before and bought a lot for himself of A. Davis & his intentions are to introduce his Father in Law to the same man to all appearan[c]e his name is Green his wife is now at Father Snows house the Old Gentleman is nearly gone with the Consumption and has some 8 or 10 hundrd Dollars besides his teams his wife says she is a Mormon but she is a Devilish noing [knowing?] Hoggish one says she shall look out for No 1 & many such foolish expressions as though we were going to strip her as soon as they arrived— however the old Gent is a worthy man knows him they will probably not come near you if the old woman has her way— but Sir the Old Gent wants to put 400 in the and he will be subject to your Council with all he has if he can get at you— his name is [Joseph] Murdock you had ought to see him on his arrival as he is desirous of seeing you not so with the others if you have any thing for me to do here direct as above as I cant get away Quite as soon as I thought for
I am Respectfully Yours
Joseph Smith Mayor
July [August] 16th. 1842 [p. [2]]
subscribing myself & Lady your sincere friends, in the Everlasting Covenant
Sarah [Phinney Foster]. &.
Lieut Genl. Joseph Smith &c
NB I met a family in a near the black Swamp moving to our the Son in Law has been there before and bought a lot for himself of A. Davis & his intentions are to introduce his Father in Law to the same man to all appearance his name is Green his wife is now at Father Snows house the Old Gentleman is nearly gone with the Consumption and has some 8 or 10 hundrd Dollars besides his teams his wife says she is a Mormon but she is a Devilish noing [knowing?] Hoggish one says she shall look out for No 1 & many such foolish expressions as though we were going to strip her as soon as they arrived— however the old Gent is a worthy man knows him they will probably not come near you if the old woman has her way— but Sir the Old Gent wants to put 400 in the and he will be subject to your Council with all he has if he can get at you— his name is Joseph Murdock you had ought to see him on his arrival as he is desirous of seeing you not so with the others if you have any thing for me to do here direct as above as I cant get away Quite as soon as I thought for
I am Respectfully Yours
Joseph Smith Mayor
July August 16th. 1842 [p. [2]]
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