Your letter was welcomed both by friends and foes, we were
glad enough to hear that you was well, and our enemies think they have almost
found you, by seeing where the letters were mailed. We are all well as usual
is not quite as well as common. Our family is small and yet I have a great
deal of business to see to, Brother Tenny has
not moved yet, and he does not know when he will, we have taken possession
of all the room we could get.
I have got all the money that I have had any chance to, and as many
goods as I could well, I have not got much at Chester, no money at all, there is so
many a watching that place that there is no prospect of my getting
any thing of consequence there.
will tell you better about the business than I can write, as there is
but a moment for me to improve. I cannot tell you my feelings when I found I
could not see you before you left, yet I expect you can realize them, the
children feel very
anxious about you because they dont know where you have gone; I verily feel
that if I had no more confidence in God than some I could name, I should
be in a sad case indeed but I still believe that if we humble ourselves,
and are <as> faithful as we can be we shall be delivered from
every snare that maybe laid for our feet, and our lives and property
will be saved and we redeemed from all unreasonable encumbrances.
My time is out, I pray that God will keep you in purity and safety till
we all meet again.
Mr Joseph Smith Jr [p. 35]