JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , New Utrecht, Kings Co., NY, 17 Mar. 1843; handwriting of ; three pages; Simon Gratz Autograph Collection, 1517–1925, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
the celestial Kingdom of God, independent of mobs, persecutions, this world’s goods, or the highest honors of the Mammon of unrighteousness. <Nothing could give me more joy.> Were I to labor for gold, or for conquest, or for empires like thousands that have flourished and fell, in all ages, of before me, I might amass means; gather hosts; extend power, and gratify ambition, like an Alexander, or a Napoleon, and the world, in its ordinary course, would soon leave a wide waste for future conjecture and desecration:— but I stand up in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation, for a general reformation of all; by the voice of truth; by the accomplishments of virtue; by the blessings of pure religion, and by the holy revelations of God, and thus far, over vexatious laws suits, mobs, “spiritual wickedness in hi[g]h places,” demons, devils and dev[ilish] men[,] in the name and by the power o[f] God, [I] [a]mtriumphant: And while I have knowledge of heaven to guide me, and the riches of eternity to back me, I shall continue to strive for the emancipation of all kinds of slavery, as well as the slavery of sin; yea, until I can exclaim like Caësar: Veni, vidi, vici!
Please to accept my best respects as also. t[h]ose of , and others. With considerations of the highest esteem, I have the honor to be your most obt. sev’t.