Handcock Co. Illinois Jany 2. 1840
To Joseph Smith Junr. and
It is with feelings of no ordinary Kind that I write to you at this time in answer to the letters with which we were favoured. Your letters were truly interesting, and were read with great interest by the Bretheren here, as well as by myself— We were truly glad to hear of your safe arrival in the City of — Your interview with his Excellency the Presi dent, and the steps you have since taken for the furtherance of the object you have undertaken to accomplish, and for which you have left the— endearments of home, and the society of your friends.
The mission on which you are engaged is certainly an important one, and which every saint of God, as well as every one whose breast beats high with those patriotick feelings which purchased our national freedom must take a deep interest in— And although there may be many who do not value your labors— their sectarian prejudices being greater than their love for truth and the constitution of our : yet there are a many who will undoubtedly appreciate your services, and will feel it a pleasure to assist you all that they possibly can.
Conscious of the righteousness of your cause— having having the prayer of the saints (amongst whom are many who have shared with you the trials persecutions & imprisonment, which have been heaped upon the saints of ) and [p. 91]