Letter to David Hale, 12–19 February 1841

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I ask wher is the man that will stand the [torture] of fire and fagot if he is not sure he is doing the works of righteousness ther is not a man in Crisen[dom] among all the sons and daughters of Adam I will [venture] to say. I have heard recapitulated the blody tragedy [that] was enacted in by a drunken and inh[uman] Mob picture to your self women and children w[andering] houseless and homeless in on the bleak priaries in cold winter weather rob[b]ed of al[l] their worldly treasures with <​out​> [food and scarcely close to cover their backs it is enough to melt the hardest heart that is susseptible of fealing] [but I] must close my Epistle were I to follow the Mormons <​throu​> all their scenes of prosperity and adversity it would swell the pages of a volum like that of Josephus but the Mormons have found shelter in they have setled on the banks of the in and they are now in a prosperous condition yours respectfully
David Hale
Dear Brother David I have to appologise for not answering Your letter before, but if You will come here and see what a buissy house I have I am persuaded that You will not blame me much should I be a little remiss. It is a matter of great satisfaction to me again to receive inteligence from my friends as I have thought [I have been] somewhat neglected, but I now flatter myself that I shall [receive news from all my s] house that [remain and I also flatter] myself with the idea of giving some one of my friends a deta[iled] account of my journey thus far and the mingled scenes of prosperity and adversity through which I have passed since I have been abcent from my native country; is the first one of my relative that I have had the pleasure of seeing since I left which is ten years last Sept. I am highly pleased with him he is a very interesting young man of remarkable natural abilities and if he continues to live with us and conduct himself as well as he has so far and we continue we intend to give him a good chance for improvement, I want to hear from you all and especialy and I want to know her situation [a]nd what she <​wants​> of us here in this country I stop for want of room.
David Hale [p. [2]]
I ask wher is the man that will stand the [torture] of fire and fagot if he is not sure he is doing the works of righteousness ther is not a man in Crisendom among all the sons and daughters of Adam I will [venture] to say. I have heard recapitulated the blody tragedy [that] was enacted in by a drunken and inhuman Mob picture to your self women and children wandering houseless and homeless on the bleak priaries in cold winter weather robbed of all their worldly treasures with out food and scarcely close to cover their backs it is enough to melt the hardest heart that is susseptible of fealing but I must close my Epistle were I to follow the Mormons throu all their scenes of prosperity and adversity it would swell the pages of a volum like that of Josephus but the Mormons have found shelter in they have setled on the banks of the in and they are now in a prosperous condition yours respectfully
David Hale
Dear Brother David I have to appologise for not answering Your letter before, but if You will come here and see what a buissy house I have I am persuaded that You will not blame me much should I be a little remiss. It is a matter of great satisfaction to me again to receive inteligence from my friends as I have thought I have been somewhat neglected, but I now flatter myself that I shall receive news from all my s house that [remain and I also flatter] myself with the idea of giving some one of my friends a detailed account of my journey thus far and the mingled scenes of prosperity and adversity through which I have passed since I have been abcent from my native country; is the first one of my relative that I have had the pleasure of seeing since I left which is ten years last Sept. I am highly pleased with him he is a very interesting young man of remarkable natural abilities and if he continues to live with us and conduct himself as well as he has so far and we continue we intend to give him a good chance for improvement, I want to hear from you all and especialy and I want to know her situation and what she wants of us here in this country I stop for want of room.
David Hale [p. [2]]
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