Letter from George Fidler, 23 March 1842

Nauvoo. March 23rd. 1842
Respected Sir,
Should the liberty I may now take in  addressing you or encroaching upon your time. be deemed an  intrusion I hope it may be forgiven. I am aware while writing  that you are much oppressed by Public business and have little  time to dedicate to any particular individual but should you  do me the Honour of perusing the following it will be confering  an everlasting obligation which will ever be remembered  In the first place the reason why I have taken this mode  of addressing you is that an interview could not be easily  had and not only that but would propable [probably] take to[o] much  of your time to have. entered into the details of my subject
A few words that you spoke during an interview with my  Mother sometime since. convinced me that in some measure  I. had lost that Confidence and Goodwill. I was so proud of  and which I enjoyed when under your employ. to again if  Possible regain that esteem. [h]as induced me to take this step  and likewise endeavouring to vindicate myself
While with you. and under your friendly Eye. I enjoy’d  happier moments then I have since that period. or may  again, but as to my acting in any way dishonourable towards  the confidence reposed in me by yourself in placing me in  a trusty situation. I can Call my Heavenly Father to witness  that while in your employ I served you faithfully and ardently  in the persuit of my business. that no selfish or sordid motives  entered my breast but only a wish to serve him who had so  kindly taken me under his protection. I am fully aware  that my account on your Book overrun my salary though  it had not been fixed upon. but it was not without first being  fixed consulting you upon the subject as to allowing me some  things to pay the men I employed To erect a House for myself [p. [1]]
George Fidler, Letter, Nauvoo, IL, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 23 Mar. 1842; handwriting presumably of George Fidler; four pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.