Letter from Elias Higbee, 26 February 1840

Washington Feb 26th 1840
Dr. Brother
I am just informed by Gen. Wall, (the  chairman of the committee) before whom, or to whom  our business is referred, that the decision is against  us or in other words unfavorable; that they believe  redress can only be had in Missouri, the Courts &  Legislature— He says they will report this week—  I desire to get a copy of it, and also the papers— I  feel a conscience void of offence towards God & man  in this matter; that I have discharged my duty  here— and as I wish not to be on expence, as soon  as I can write to Prest. [Sidney] Rigdon; get my papers; and  draw some money to bear my expences I shall bid  adieu to this City, for, to return to my family and  friends— I feell now, as though that we have made our  last appeald to all earthly tribunals; that we  we should no[w] put our whole trust in the God  of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob— We have a right  now which we could not heretofore so fully claim—  That is of asking God for redress & redemption; as it  they have been refused us by man— Those who have  been ordained to do this business—
Jos. Smith Jr. [p. 103]
Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 26 Feb. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 103; JS Collection, CHL.