Copy of letter to Mrs. Thankful [Cooper] Halsey, of Ghent, N.Y. in answer to one written from her to Joseph Smith, Jun.
Madam— Mr. Smith is not in the place, having left a few days since; but authorized me to open his letters till his return. This day’s mail brought yours of the 16th. last month desiring information concerning & wife; and <out> of a sense of common feeling which I consider the duty of every individual to his fellow— May I haste to answer yours to Mr. Smith.
Mr. was in this place a few days since, direct from Upper , where he left his wife in a low State of health, probably as been years past, in comfortable circumstances, till he returns, which is expected to be this spring. He was well. He & wife & the society to which they were united have been driven by a mob from the county of of late.
was considerably hurt; but escaped. Whether your daughter lost her goods, (as many did,) I am not informed.
Excuse my brevity.
I am, Respectfully, &c.
Ohio, March 4, 1834. [p. 27]