Letter from Emma Smith, 6 December 1839

Nauvoo Dec 6th [1839]
Dear husband in the midst of the confusion of my own family  and Elder [Orson] Hydes and the remains of Stena Fisks family I shall  endeavour to write, having omited writing so long already on account  of so much confusion and some sickness that I very much fear  that my letter will not arrive in Washington in time for  you to receive it, I did not receive Your letter wrote at  Jacksonvill untill after that Mr Law gave me the one he  brought, I canot give a very particular account of what has passed  here since You left home, Buisness in this place does not go on  quite as well when You was here, I broke Frederick [Smith]s fever the  same day You left and he has been well ever since Joseph [Smith III] has  had the chill fever twice the first time he had the bled at  the nose untill he was very weak he has not been as well ever  since as he was before. but is now getting better, Milton has not  been well but a small part of the time the rest of my family  are and have been well Elder Hydes and family were brought  here the day you went away were all sick, he soon recovered  his health and has gone to the east his wife is very feeble yet  Mr Mullholland [James Mulholland] was brought here the day after you left home  and suffered extremly untill Sunday norming, when his  spirit left its suffering tenement for a better mansion than  he had here, he lost his speech the first evening he was here  and never spoke another word wh[i]le he lived, although I think  he retained his senses, his death was felt very sensibly by all  in the place, his wife omited the funeral untill Your return  much buisness remains unatended to on account of his sudden  and unexpected death altho Hyrum [Smith] has put Robbert [Robert] B Thom pson into his office yet Mr Thompson has not done any thing  at all in the buisness neither do I think he will
Carlos [Don Carlos Smith] requested me to ask you what become of that letter [p. 1]
Emma Smith, letter, Commerce, IL, to JS, Washington DC, 6 Dec. 1839; handwriting of Emma Smith; two pages; Charles Aldrich Autograph Collection, State Historical Society of IA, Des Moines, IA. Includes endorsements.