Having an opportunity
to send by a friend I make an attempt to write, but I shall not attempt to
write my feelings al together, for the situation in which you are, the
walls, bars, and bolts, rolling rivers, running streams, rising hills,
sinking vallies and spreading prairies that separate us, and the cruel
injustice that first cast you into prison and still holds you there, with
many other considerations, places my feelings far beyond description.
Was it not for conscious innocence, and the direct
interposition of divine mercy, I am very sure I never should have been
able to have endured the scenes of suffering that I have passed through,
since what is called the Militia, came in to
, under the ever to be remembered ’s notable order; an order fraught with as
much wickedness as ignorance and as much ignorance as was ever contained
in an article of that length; but I still live and am yet willing to
suffer more if it is the will of kind Heaven, that I should for your
We are all well at present, except
Smith] who is quite sick.
who is now in my arms is one of the
finest little fellows, you ever saw in your life, he is
<so> strong that with the assistance of a chair he
will run all round the room.
I am now living at
[John] Cleveland’s four miles from
the village of
. I do not know
how long I shall stay here. I want you to write an answer by the bearer. I
left your change of clothes with
I came away, and he agreed to see that you had clean clothes as often as
No one but God, knows the reflections of my mind
and the feelings of my heart when I left our house and home, and allmost
all of every thing that we possessed excepting our little Children, and
took my journey out of the State of , leaving you shut up
in jail that lonesome prison. But the
reflection recollection is more than human
nature ought to bear, and if God does not record our sufferings and avenge
our wrongs on them that are guilty, I shall be sadly mistaken.
The daily sufferings of our brethren in travelling and camping
out nights, and those on the other side of the
would beggar the most lively description.
The people in this state are very kind indeed, they
are doing much more than we ever anticipa ted they would; I have many more
things I could like to write but have not time and you may be astonished
at my bad writing and incoherent manner, but you will pardon all when you
reflect how hard it would be for you to write, when your hands were
stiffened with hard work, and your heart convulsed with intense anxiety.
But I hope there is better days to come to us yet, Give my respects to all
in that place that you respect, and am ever your’s affectionately.
Joseph Smith Jr