S. J. Wild, Letter, , Adams Co., IL, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 30 Apr. 1843; handwriting of S. J. Wild; notations in handwriting of and ; docket in handwriting of ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.
any time warm Water & soap may be applied to the body with benefit— & he said Men were not ready at this time to receive the doctrine of Purification of the flesh— I have often seen you & your family to Whom I desire my respects if they remember me. I was born in 1791 & came to the in 1818 I have been in the Western Country upwards of 20 years & Imagine that I know something of the <wants of—> this country & have by the means above stated sought for wisdom & knowledge & think that by them I have been renewed in Mind & Body & feel a great desire for the Welfare of this My adopted country & that holiness may prevail & as much has been reveale[d] to the people through your means if you [will] be so kind as to Write to me on the subject your opinion I shall be exceedingly obliged to you and very soon as I am anxious about it have you had any revelation on the subject or can you consult the Oracles of God on it— dont lay this on one side & forget it—
S. J. Wild
I have understood that in Judea the people were very subject to very troublesome cutaneous disorders which made frequent ablutions necessary— It appears to me to be so on the from very sudden alterations in the weather from marsh Miasm or from fogs or damp air. The pores of the skin are closed causing in Eruptions on the skin— colds & Fevers &c now would not washing the Body open the Pores & restore the insensible Perspiration— if so is it not more peculiarly necessary on the that Gods ancient Law to his church should be impossed on the people, or Come as Word of Wisdom— [p. ]