April 5th, 1841.
Dear Brother Joseph Smith:
Through the mercies of our Heav enly Father we have been prospered on our journey thus far—we have enjoyed reasona ble health on the way, and have succeeded in accomplishing a part of our business.— has labored unremittingly in the word and doctrine on our whole route; he has been joyfully received by the brether en every where. I trust his labours will be like bread cast upon the waters to be gather ed many days hence. We have had the cheer ful and valuable co-operation of the services of brothers and [Benjamin] Winchester, who have aided us in the object of our mission. But amidst the cheering prospects of our present prosperity, it has pleased our Heavenly Fath er to remove from the scenes of political tur moil and party strife, our beloved [William Henry] Harrison. That the ways of the Almighty are inscruti ble to the human mind, his wisdom surpas sing our deepest researches, his councils ex ceeding our most exalted perceptions of pro [p. 399]