Letter from Emma Smith, 25 April 1837

Dear Husband
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 except  Mother 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.
Brother Knights 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.
Kirtland April 25th.
Mr Joseph Smith Jr [p. 35]
Emma Smith, letter, Kirtland, OH, to JS, [Palmyra, NY], 25 Apr. 1837; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 35; JS Collection, CHL.