Letter to Smith Tuttle, 9 October 1841

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may be, that through sickness or disaster, this strange neglect has happened, I would to God the thing had not happened, When I read letter, I learned that he was dissatisfied. I thought he meant to oppress me, & felt exceedingly mortified & sorrowful in the midst of affliction, to think that he should distrust me for a moment, that I would not do all that was within my power. But upon hearing an explanation of the whole matter, my feelings are changed; and I think you all have had cause for complaining; but you will in the magnanimity of yr. good feelings, certainly not blame me when you find I have discharged an honorable duty on my part. I regret exceedingly that I did not know some months since, what I now know, so that I could have made another exertion before it got so late.
Cold weather is now rolling in upon us. I have been confined here this season by sickness & various other things that were beyond my control; such as having been demanded by the of of the of this , & he not having moral courage enough to resist the demand, although it was founded in injustice & cruelty. I accordingly was taken prisoner, & they put me to some ten or eleven hundred dollars expense & trouble before I could be redeemed from under the difficulty; lawyers fees, witnesses— &c. &c.— But I am now clear from them once more, & now in contemplating the face of the whole subject, I find that I am under the necessity of asking a little farther indulgence, <​say​> until next spring so that I may be enabled to recover myself; and then if God spares my life, & gives me power to do so, I will come in person to yr. country, & will never cease my labors until the whole matter is completely adjusted to the fullest satisfaction of all of you. The subject of your debt was presented fairly before our general , on the first of the month, of some ten thousand people for their decission for the wisest & best course, in relation to meeting your demands. The , as they are denominated in the [p. [2]]
may be, that through sickness or disaster, this strange neglect has happened, I would to God the thing had not happened, When I read letter, I learned that he was dissatisfied. I thought he meant to oppress me, & felt exceedingly mortified & sorrowful in the midst of affliction, to think that he should distrust me for a moment, that I would not do all that was within my power. But upon hearing an explanation of the whole matter, my feelings are changed; and I think you all have had cause for complaining; but you will in the magnanimity of yr. good feelings, certainly not blame me when you find I have discharged an honorable duty on my part. I regret exceedingly that I did not know some months since, what I now know, so that I could have made another exertion before it got so late.
Cold weather is now rolling in upon us. I have been confined here this season by sickness & various other things that were beyond my control; such as having been demanded by the of of the of this , & he not having moral courage enough to resist the demand, although it was founded in injustice & cruelty. I accordingly was taken prisoner, & they put me to some ten or eleven hundred dollars expense & trouble before I could be redeemed from under the difficulty; lawyers fees, witnesses— &c. &c.— But I am now clear from them once more, & now in contemplating the face of the whole subject, I find that I am under the necessity of asking a little farther indulgence, say until next spring so that I may be enabled to recover myself; and then if God spares my life, & gives me power to do so, I will come in person to yr. country, & will never cease my labors until the whole matter is completely adjusted to the fullest satisfaction of all of you. The subject of your debt was presented fairly before our general , on the first of the month, of some ten thousand people for their decission for the wisest & best course, in relation to meeting your demands. The , as they are denominated in the [p. [2]]
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