Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 21 January 1838

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Sir.— Far West Mo Jany. 21st 1838.
“Sir.— I should have written you long since but for ill  health, I have anxiously wanted to recover, that I might give  you a full history of my excursion to <the> north according to  my promise; and were it not for the recent intelligence  from Kirtland, which gives me so much surprise, should  still defer— you will be able to judge from the formation  of my letter how week and infirm are my nerves. I have  been sick six weeks and a large part of the time con fined to my room and bed.”
I was absent, when north. some twenty days, and should  not have returned there but for the failure of Col. [Lyman] Wight  to forward provisions as he agreed. I labored incessantly  every day except one,— rain, snow or frost. I lay on the cold  damp earth; had but little to eat, and that indifferent; but  explored a great and precious country. I ran many lines  with compass and chain, found a great many of the  finest mill-sites I have seen in the western  country <or world> and made between forty and fifty choice  locations.”
“Notwithstanding the feeble sta[t]e of my health, I  had previously made preparations, and yet expect  to start to morrow morning (Monday) to view still  east of where I previously went.”
“I learn from Kirtland, by the last letters, that you  have publickly said, that when you were here I  confessed to you that I had willfully lied about  you— this compells me to ask you to correct that state ment, and give me an explanation— until which you  and myself are two.”
“Mr. Joseph Smith Jr.” [p. [80]]
Oliver Cowdery, letter, Far West, MO, to JS, Kirtland, OH, 21 Jan. 1838; handwriting of Warren F. Cowdery; in Oliver Cowdery Letterbook, p. 80; Huntington Library.