Decr. 14th. 1841
Long continued sickness prevented me from seeing you, which I have greatly desired—
I have more reasons than one for this, One principal one is, I want to be more fully reconciled and give that satisfaction which it is my duty to do. I am unable to go to you; I intreat you Brother Joseph give me the opportunity, by coming to see me, before me before I die. I most earnestly desire this Interview, not to be delayed; pardon my importunity Brother Joseph for but I am a Dying man.
[page torn] here reason of mise importu that in conseq[ue]nce of general sickness in the my family, we have not been able to provide the necessary <necessaries> of life for the winter, and unless you brother Joseph, will help us with the <small sum of> money of I lent you, we must unavoid ably suffer—
Dear Brother, <I> entreat you, so not be grieved nor offended with <me> for this liberty I have taken with you, and let it not prevent you, (& let it not prevent you) from coming to see me <&>speedily if in your power.
If agreeable to you, as <I> pres[u]me it would, I would I be glad if Elder Law would accompany you.
Please present my sincer respects to . Greaty desiring to see your face, I remain Dear brother, yours in the Kingdom and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ
Joseph Smith Esqr
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