September 23d. 1840
The & of the , & also to all the saints assembled in .
Your humble servant embraces with pleasur this opportunity to pin [pen] for your edification a few lines. I congratulate you with the stedy march and advancement of the cause of Christ, as has fallen under my observation. and myself have been treated with respect, and had the greatest atte ntion paid us by the brethren and sisters; and, also the by gentlemen & ladies of the first class in society, we have been made welcome very hartily to their dwellings and comforts of life. When we separate with them, they grip our hands with tears standing full in their eyes, bidding us farewell and often leave something noble with us to help us on our mission; and a firm promise that they will duly reflect on the great things which we have told them. They ardently request us to send them some competent Elders to preach to them; yes, dear bretheren the cause of truth is marching onward with unparalleled rapidity, and victory! victory! will soon be the shout of all the faithful in Christ; and thank the Lord, thank the Lord is the language of unworthy me, that I have lived to see 1840 with all its attendant evidences of truth of the Book of Mormon, and the book of Doctrine and Covenants. I must save a place in this communication to make some remarks concerning Bro. . I can say in truth & soberness that he merits the esteem and confidence of the Saints and all good men for his diligence and econ omy while getting the Book of Mormon stereotyped &c here. The honest and frank course he has pursued towards the Gent. whith whom he has been concerned in business (viz. Mr. Shepherd Stearns & others) has conciliated their everlasting respect and esteem, from their own manifestations to me. Dear bretheren and Sisters your humble servants and myself [p. 181]