Illinois March 6th 1839
Brethren and Joseph,
Having an opportunity to send a line to you, I do not feel disposed to let it slip unnoticed. ’s family have all arrived in this , except you two, And could I but see your faces, this side of the , and know and realize that you had been delivered from your enemies, it would certainly light up a new gleam of hope in our bosoms; nothing could be more satisfactory, nothing could give us more joy.
and Children are well, they live three miles from here, and have a tolerable good place. ’s children and mother Grinolds are living at present with ; they are all well, Mary [Fielding Smith] has not got her health yet, but I think it increases slowly. She lives in the house with old Father Dixon, likewise and family; they are probably a half mile from ’s; we are trying to get a house, and to get the family together, we shall do the best we can for them, and that which we consider to be most in concordance with ’s feelings. One thing I would say (not however to the disrespect of ) which is that this, the family would do better without her than with her; which I am confident you will regulate when you come. One reason for so saying, is that I do not think that she is a suitable person to govern the family. and stood their jour ney remarkably, they are in tolerable health, ’s has been sick ever since they arrived, has removed 40 miles from here, but is here now, and says he is anxious to have you liberated, and see you enjoy liberty once more. My family is well, my health has not been
good for about two weeks, and for 2 or 3 days the toothache has been my tormentor. It all originated from a severe cold.
Dear Brethren, we just heard that the says that he is a going to set you all at liberty; I hope it’s true, other letters that you will probably recieve, will give you information concerning the warm feeling of the people here towards us, After writing these hurried lines in misery I close by leaving the Blessings of God with you—, and praying for your health, prosperity and restitution to liberty. This from a true friend and brother.
J, Smith Jr, .
I should have called down to to have seen you, had it not have been for the multiplicity of business that was on my hands & again I thought perhaps that the people might think [p. 38]