Letter from Emma Smith, 3 May 1837

and stiff, and only observed that it was the opinion of the people, that Sharp did  not intend ever to pay that money. brother Parish has been very anxious for  some time past to get the little mare, and I do not know but it would be your  will to have him have her, but I have been so treated that I have come to the  determination not to let any man or woman have any thing whatever without  being well assured, that it goes to your own advantage, but it is impossible  for me to do any thing, as long as every body has so much better right to all that  is called yours than I have.
Brother Holmes went directly to keeping house. Brother Tenny has  not moved yet nor does not act much like it. I do not know every thing by  considerable, but it is my anxiety for your company at home, or else it is realy  so that your matters would and things would be much bettered by your  presence just as soon as consistant, it is impossible for me to write what I wish  you to know. If you should write after you get this, I want you to let  me know as much as possible about the situation of your business, that if possible  I can benefit by the information; And speak some word of encouragement to  Hervey, for he is very faithful not only in business, but in taking up his cross in  the family. There was a young man came with Brother Baldwin and  Father’s folks took him in while br B was gone and he is here <yet and is> very sick with  the measles which makes much confusion and trouble for me, and is also  a subject of much fear and anxiety unto me, as you know that neither of  your little boys have ever had them, I wish it could be possible for you  to be at home when they are sick, You must remember them for they all  remember you, and I could hardly pacify Julia and Joseph when they found  ou[t] you was not coming home soon.
Br Robinson must the rest as he is waiting so adieu my Dear—
If you should give anyone a power of attorney, you had better give it  to brother Knight, as he is the only man that has not manifested a spirit of indiffer ence to your temporal interest. I mean the only one I have had occasion to  say muct to about your business. You may be astonished because I have not  accepted some but when I see you I will tell you the reason—, be assured  I shall do the best I can in all things, and I hope that we shall be so humble and  pure before God that he will set us at liberty to be our own masters in a few  things at least, Yours for ever.
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 36]
Emma Smith, letter, Kirtland, OH, to JS, [Palmyra, NY], 3 May 1837; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 35–36; JS Collection, CHL.