Letter from Emma Smith, 6 December 1839

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Dec. 6th [1839]
Dear husband in the midst of the confusion of my own family and & and the remains of Stena Fisks family I shall endeavour to write, having omited writing so long already on account of so much confusion and some sickness that I very much fear that my letter will not arrive in in time for you to receive it, I did not receive your letter wrote at Jacksonvill untill after that Mr Law gave me the one he brought, I canot give a very particular account of what has passed here since you left home, Buisness in this place does not go on quite as well as when you was here, I broke fever the same day you left and he has been well ever since has had the chill fever twice the first time he had the bled at the nose untill he was very weak he has not been as well ever since as he was before but is now getting better, <​W.​> Milton has not been well but a small part of the time the rest of my family are and have been well s and family were brought here the day you went away were all sick, he soon recovered his health and has gone to the east his is very feeble yet was brought here the day after you left home and suffered extremly untill Sunday morming, when his spirit left its suffering tenement for a better mansion than he had here, he lost his speech the first evening he was here and never spoke another word wh[i]le he lived, although I think he retained his senses, his death was felt very sensibly by all in the place, his wife omited the funeral untill your return much buisness remains unatended to on account of his sudden and unexpected death altho has put into his office yet has not done any thing at all in the buisness neither do I think he will
requested me to ask me <​you​> what become of that letter [p. 1] that Mr sent to containing the names of a number of subscribers he wants the letter on account of the names
s health has been remarkably good <​so​> untill today he is not so well as usual, is well.
I The disturbance between and the is still increasing, a sheriff of the crossed Skunk river at place this week with a Sheriff his prisoner who was take[n] while he was collecting his govenors taxes and from all the information we get there is three thousand troops now on their march after him the mails are stoped and at the mouth of the the Misourians retained the powder and lead that belonged to the merchants above them and sent the other goods as usual, this is all the information we can get on the subject yet and we have some serious impressions that it is true
There is great anxiety manifest in this place for your prosperity and the time lingers long that you is set for your return, the day is is waning and night is approaching so fast that I must reserve my better feelings untill I have a better chance to express them.
Yours affectionately
Joseph Smith jr. [p. [2]]
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