Letter from Elias Higbee, 20 February 1840–A

Washington Feb 20th. 1840
Dear Brother
I received a letter this morning from Prest.  [Sidney] Rigdon; who writes that he missed having the chills  one week but that it had returned again— I forwar ded him a letter from Judge Young George W. Robinson.  Mr’s Richey has just received a letter from Baltimore in  answer to one that she lately sent, stating that none  of our Elders are there preaching; which gives me reason  to think that Bro. [Almon] Babbitt is not there. I have recd.  the letter you gave me, mailed at Dayton. Bro. Pratt  has gone home, Mr Richards has forsaken use, a And  also has not paid me the money which we lent him.
Prest. Rigdon says he has not recd. any funds yet. I  was obliged I was obliged to let Bro. Pratt have money to go  home, and likewis to pay his board here; which will take  about all the borrowed money we owed him. Consequently it  will not be many weeks before I shall send for more
Judge Young made no objections to honoring the order  from Prest. Rigdon. I wish you would comfort my wife.  If you have an opportunity I should be very glad to receive  a word of comfort by letter or by the Boys. Prest. Rigdon  writes for me not to think of publishing the documents  now as we have not the means of so doing. I shall write  again soon. Be assured as ever of the best feelings of my  heart. Give my love to all enquiring friends
Jos. Smith Jr.}
P.S. I do not preach publickly just now for I have not time:  but am preaching privately. Some of them have got so much  self righteousness that I have not been able [to] do much with them yet.  yet [p. 96]
Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to JS, en route to Nauvoo, IL, 20 Feb. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 96–97; JS Collection, CHL.