Letter from Joseph Tippets, 2 April 1843

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April 2th 1843
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Dear brother Joseph I am happy to improve the presant oppertunity to enform you of my presant situation, I should be more happy if I could enform you that I was p[r]ospering and doing well, but on the contrary I have to enform you that I have just had my house burned and every thing I had in it, though my house and furniture was nothing verry Costly yet it was all I had which consisted of clothing beding house and furniture &C, all we saved, was what we had on our backs which was the poorest we had, to be turned out of dours my self and family in this cold and enclement season of the year is truly trying indeed, it reminded me of the words of the Saviour, the foxes have houls [holes] and the burds of the are [air] have nests but the son of man hath not where to lay his hed, but we are quite happily entertained at presant, at my fatherenlaws whare we are welcomly received, I desine in this letter to give <​you​> a histary in general of my of self, or in other words render an account of my self for a few years past, I suppose it has ben so long since you saw or heard of me you have all most or quite forgot you eaver new me but you will reccollect som few years a gow when you ware living <​in​> Ohio myself in company with brother ware sent from the state of on a mishon to with money for the purpose of purchaseing lands for our brethren, we came to where where agreable to counsyl given to us there we taried through the following winter and summer during which time I went to scool through the winter and during the summer worked considerably on the , when in the fall we a gain persued our Journey to in fulfillment of our mishion on ariveing there we spent our little monies for lands to the [p. [1]] best ad vantage we new how, the next year my brother came on with his family and my mother and also a sister of ours who had ben crazy for several years and remains so yet, it became my duty to take care of my mother and sister who was crazy it being my mothers choice to live with me, she being old and considerable helpless and my sister being crazy truly envolved me in quite a task I setteled in fare County a few miles from where I went to work with great courage to open a farm supposing that when I got my self a holme and settle my family, I would go forth and preach the gospel, but behold and lo before I got fairly settled the enemy came upon me and drove me from my holme and expeled me from the with thousands of others of the saints, this truly was a day of trial and a scene of suffering, but this I could have got along with verry well had it not ben for my old mother <​&​> crazy sister who ware both almost helpless and a gra [great] deal of trouble, to be driven from my holme with the loss of all most all things under circumstances of this kind rendered it verry destressing in deed, desstressing in deed, to youse an old exspression I just esscaped with the skin of my teath or in other words I just made out to rais team and money a nough to bring us out of the , after ariving in the state of I wrented a small peace of land a bout sixteen miles east of near farm where I taried two years during which time a stake was lade of on s farm, I then thought I would settle there as I was clean exhausted in propperty and tired of moving a bout, I a gain took courag baught me a peace of land broke up about thirty acers acres bilt me a house &c, dureing which time I dreamed the following little dream which is worthy of notice not feeling fairly satisfied with my situation, I fancied my self [p. [2]] in the Citty of I thought the was bilt which was some two or three stories high I thought I went up into the seccond story where I saw and shook hands with him, and told him that I was glad to see him, while I was talking with him I thought president smith came down from an upper story on coming in to the ro[o]m I shook hands with him and thaught I wished to ask him the following question which was this whether it was as well to settle out in the stakes as it was to settle in , which he answered before I asked him in these words said he if we had not bilt this house and put that great bell up in the top of it this would also been thrown down this gave me to understand that all the other stakes would be thrown down, a short time after news came that all the stakes ware discontinued excepting those in and Ioway tiritory, another little dream [illegible] I then went to work, and setteled up my bisness and prepared for moving to this I effected with the loss of co[n]siderable <​propperty​> and what was stil worse my wife was taken sick about this time and died and left me with two little children this loss was more painful than all the other losses I ever met with in my life but she was a good woman and has gone to wrest, about a year a go I moved into where I am now living about fore miles from and about five from here I have ben marr[i]ed a gain and for the past year I have carr[i]ed on a farm with my fatherenlaw where I was living when my house took fire and burnt with all I had in it, I have a span of mar[e]s an oldd waggon and harness, I have two cows and perhaps sevnty-five or eighty bushels of corn, and about ten bushels [p. [3]] of wheet and about twenty five or thurty bushels of oats I have paid my tithing for <​the​> past year with an excepttion of a tenth of the corn, I have ben perticular in giving you a history of my concerns for the past and presant, and wish to ask your counsyl for the future if you can give me counsyl that will put me in the way of prospirity it will be received as a precious morcel and will make me happy endeed, I often think of the Choice blssings that ware pronounced uppon my hed buy and when the enemy of my soul pores forth his floods of trouble upon me I am led to cry out when shall these things be fullfilled will you help me brother Joseph buy your counsyl and prayrs that I may over come,
I am as ever your sinceer friend
I shal be at the conferance,
Joseph Smith [p. [4]]