Letter from Elias Higbee, 22 February 1840

Washington Feb 22d. 1840
Dear Brother
I have just returned from the committee room;  the committee being present to day, a Mr. Corwin of St.  Louis, formerly a democratick editor, emtied his bud get: which was as great a bundle of nonsense and  stuff, as could be thought of; I suppose not what  he knew but what gentlemen had told him, for—  instance the religious Genl. [John B.] Clark & others. I confess  I had hard work to restrain my feelings some of  the time; but I did succeed in keeping silence—  tolerably well. Himself Mr. Jamison & [Lewis] Linn sum moned all the energies of their mind to impress upon  the assembly, that Jo. Smith as he called him,  led the people altogether by revelation, in their [p. 111]
Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to JS, en route to Nauvoo, IL, 22 Feb. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 111–115; JS Collection, CHL.