Letter to Oliver Granger, 4 May 1841

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City of May 4, 1841
Dear .
having returned and given me a statement of his journey and proceedings in the East, which have been very pleasing and satisfactory. I was sorry to hear that you had been so sick, and not able to attend to business as much [as] could be desired.
I have since heard that you have had a relapse, and that you were very sick again, this I was sorry to hear— However I hope you will yet recover and that we shall see you at this place before long.
I am very anxous indeed to have the matters which concern the First Presidency settled as soon as possible, for until they are I have to labor under a load that is intolerable to bear, I therefore respectfully reccommend to you to give a whole statement of the whole affairs to who is yet in the east, and will be in soon, and get him to take the matter into his hands and get the thing business straitened up. This I must beg leave to urge upon you to do, for delays are dangerous, your health is precarious and if any thing should occur— [p. [1]] so that you were to bid adieu to mortality it would be impossible for me ever to get the run of the business and I should be again involved in difficulties from which it would be impossible for me to extrecate myself. Now dear Brother I do hope you will see the reasonableness of this my request and assist in the affair.
I do not make these observations because I have lost confidence in you far from it, but I feel impressed to write what I have done, from a sence of duty which I owe to the Church of Christ, to you and to myself.
I wish you to see that the judgment obtained on the mortgage on the house of the Lord, in the Circuit Court, be entered satisfied, and I will settle with you <​the same​> as if you held it yourself— House & Lot I want deeding to Mrs and her heirs.
I am happy to inform you, that things are going on well in this place, we have been greatly prospered, and many are flocking in from Europe & about 300 have arrived in less than a week, more are on the way. [p. [2]]
I shall be anxous to hear from you, as soon as possible, relative to these matters &c
I am with great respect very respectfully
Joseph Smith
Mr
The house and store encumbered by the debts for the “Plates” is are now at liberty, <​that debt​> having <​been​> settled that debt You can therefore let t[ake] control over them untill I settle w[ith] him. You will also keep possession of the Keys of the . until you receive further instructions from me.—
Joseph Smith
sends his respects to you and family.— [p. [3]]
 
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