Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 17 March 1840

Fair Haven 17th. March. 1840
& Joseph Smith Jr.
Gent. I some time since address ed a letter to Mr. Smith at Phild, to which I have  recd. no reply, and was in that City two or three  weeks ago, but not being able to hear any thing  of Mr. Smith, I suppose he must of course have  left; and with the hope of still reaching you  I now send to Washington— I should have written  you long before, and indeed very often this winter.  but my health has been miserable, and since my return  from Phild. I have been confined to my house.
I beg you  to inform me how you are progressing with your  petition before Congress and its probable result—  Whether you have any friends in the House or in the  Senate, who will bring forward your case, and  advocate it in cincerity— and persevere in your  behalf with skill and ability untill something is  accomplished. Milk and water friends in Congress  are good for nothing. They must be true. have  talents, be zealous, or else they will be detrimental  rather than advantageous to you— Should you  Gen’t & judge [Elias] Higbee come as far east as this it will  afford much gratification to have you take up your  quarters at my house— I did intend to see you at  Washington, but my health will not now permit
With much respect Yours
Horace Hotchkiss, letter, Fair Haven, CT, to JS and Sidney Rigdon, Washington DC, 17 Mar. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 118; JS Collection, CHL.