Letter from Willard Richards, 9 August 1842

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such as would be an honor to the Legion indeed I think very few Small fish in this region would be willing to accept a Title from .— From all I now know I would suppose an honorary title for of the Herald would be well enough, But any military command quite useless— would not consider it any honor to have any one attached to his staff whose name did not stand high or who would not stand by him in the field of battle. He knows not fear! He is thoroughly versed in military tactics in all its branches.
The box of books which were in the when I left,— were designed for the has no controul over them.— This Letter is not for the press. does not wish his name to appear in the papers either here or there.— There is much in the papers here concerning ,— The mormon charater cannot be hurt here,— Many things I would say but have not time or room.— My best wishes & with you. & my prayers constantly for you. please remember me to . & his quorum & enquir[in]g frie[n]ds,—— you[r]s forever—
 
Gen. Joseph Smith
Ill.
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such as would be an honor to the Legion indeed I think very few Small fish in this region would be willing to accept a Title from .— From all I now know I would suppose an honorary title for of the Herald would be well enough, But any military command quite useless— would not consider it any honor to have any one attached to his staff whose name did not stand high or who would not stand by him in the field of battle. He knows not fear! He is thoroughly versed in military tactics in all its branches.
The box of books which were in the when I left,— were designed for the has no controul over them.— This Letter is not for the press. does not wish his name to appear in the papers either here or there.— There is much in the papers here concerning ,— The mormon charater cannot be hurt here,— Many things I would say but have not time or room.— My best wishes & with you. & my prayers constantly for you. please remember me to . & his quorum & enquiring friends,—— yours forever—
 
Gen. Joseph Smith
Ill.
Politeness of } [p. [4]]
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