Letter from Elias Higbee, 24 March 1840

no money to get home on, and I hardly know what  course to take in regard to the matter. If I do not receive  a letter in two or three days, I design leaving for Phild. or  the west. There is one honest, quaker, looking sort of a  man by here by the name of William Green (instead of  John Green as I stated in a letter to Bro. Robinson) who  has two Iron printing presses, with other things necessary,  that would come to commerce, provided you could find  work for him, and inform him of the same. How much  work there is to do I know not, therefore merely write  that if such a man & establishment are is wanted you could  easily obtain them or would know where they could be  obtained. He believes as much in our religion as any other  but not much in any. Yours in the Lord
I would just observe, that information has reached this  place, through some of the News Papers, that you have  come out for Harrison; It is said that the information  came by some Gentlemen who obtained it from you, whilst  in your company in passing through the State of Indiana
Another Papers states that 1000 houses are to be built in  Commerce this season, which I hope is the truth. I would  just observe (on the subject of our business) I am sorry Judge  Young had not insisted on the motion to print our papers  as it would have been opposed, then a speech from Clay  and Mr. Preston would have been brot forth, as I have since  learned; but I think it was a trick of the Missouri Sena tors to slide it along without making a noise, by its  going to the as it did committee as it did. Judge  Young says he was anxious to have it brought before the  Committee, but seemed disposed to let it slide along easily  rather than run the risk of its being refused. If he had  let those speeches been made, almost every one would  have read them; which would have shamed Missouri  (if there is any shame in her), and waked up the whole  country, so that by another year Congress would do something  for us— But there is no need of crying for spilt milk [p. 106]
Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 24 Mar. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 105–107; JS Collection, CHL.