Letter from Edward Partridge, 5 March 1839

Father in law, Judge Higbee, and himself would go on a farm about 20 miles N, E  from this place. Some of the leading men have given us, (that is our people) an  invitation to settle in and about this place, many no doubt will stay here.
Brn, I hope that you will bear patiently the privations that you are  called to endure— the Lord will deliver in his own due time. Your letter  respecting the trade with Galland was not received here untill after our return  from his residence at the head of the shoals or rapids. If br Rigdon were not  here we might (after receiving your letter) come to a different conclusion respecting  that trade. There are some here that are sanguine that we ought to accept  trade with the Doctr. Bishop [Newel K.] Whitney and Knights [Vinson Knight] are not here, and have  not been here as I know of. Br [Isaac] Morley and [Titus] Billings have settled some  20 or 25 miles N of this place for the present. A Br Lee who lived near  Hawn’s Mill died on the opposite side of the river a few days since, Br Rigdon preached  his funeral sermon in the Courthouse.
It is a general time of health here, We greatly desire  to see you, and to have you enjoy your freedom. The Citizens here are willing  that we should enjoy the privileges guaranteed to all civil people without moles tation.
I remain your brother in the Lord.
To Joseph Smith Junr and others)
confined in Liberty Jael.)
Mo. [p. 4]
Edward Partridge, letter, Quincy, IL, to JS and others, Liberty, MO, 5 Mar. 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 3–4; JS Collection. CHL.