Letter to Wilson Law, 16 August 1842

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Head Quarters of Nauvoo Legion
August 16 1842
Beloved brother and friend
Those few lines which I received from you written on the 15th. was to me like apples of Gold in pictures of Silver. I rejoice with exceeding great joy to be associated in the high and responsible stations which we hold, whose mind and feelings and heart is so congenial with my own. I love that soul that is so nobly entabernacled in that clay of yours, may God Almighty grant, that it may be satiated with seeing a fuffilment of every virtuous desire and manly desire that you possess. May we be able to triumph gloriously over those who seek our destruction and overthrow, which I believe we shall. The news you wrote me was more favorable than that which was communicated by the brethren. They seemed a little agitated for my safety and advise me for the . But I succeeded admirably in calming all their fears. But nevertheless as I said in my former letter, I was willing to exile myself for months and years, if it would be for the safety and welfare of the people; and I do not know but it would be as well for me to take a trip to the and remain untill arrangements can be made for my most perfect safety when I return. These are therefore to confer with you on this subject as I want to have a concert of action in every thing that I do. If I [k]new that they would oppress me alone, and let the rest of you dwell peaceably and quietly, I think I<​t​> would be the wisest plan to absent myself for a little season if by that means we can prevent the profusion of blood Please write and give me your mind on that subject and all other information that has come to hand today and what are the signs of the times. [p. [1]]
I have no news for I am where I cannot get much all is quiet and peaceable around. I therefore wait with earnest expectation for your advices. I am anxious to know your opinions on any course that I may see proper to take, for in the multitude of council there is safety.
I add no more, but subscribe myself your faithful and most obedient servant friend and brother
Joseph Smith
Lieut Gen. of Nauvoo Legion of Illinois Millitia [5 lines blank]
<​ Augt. 16th. 1842​> [p. [2]]


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    Docket in handwriting of William Clayton.