Letter from James Adams, 4 January 1840

Springfield 4th. Jany 1840
Respected Sir
I had the gratification of the receipt  of yours of the 16th Decr; which gave me pleasure to learn  that your prospects were at that early period, in a  measure flattering— I also <saw> yours of the 19th Dec. to  Mr Webers.
We are now consulting and feeling the  pulsations relative to your case— being brought  before the Legislature now in session by [way] of  resolutions instructing our Senators; and requesting  our Representatives to urge relief in your case;  what will be done yet remains uncertain;  still it is my strongest impression, it will be  found prudent <to> get the matter before our Legislature  for their action thereon—
I am happy to learn that all our  delegation are friendly to your intended app lication for relief in some shape, and it strikes  me, that the views of the President at this period  may be the best and perhaps the only way that  relief <could> at this time be obtained; and in that event  be no injury to a future application to be restored  to all your rights, when prejudice shall in a  measure have subsided, and the true state of the  matter be more readily received even by those whose  prejudices, may have closed the avenues to reason  and Justice in a matter identified with the odium  so commonly attached to the sound of mormonism
This odium will naturally wear off, when [p. 95]
James Adams, letter, Springfield, IL, to JS, Washington DC, 4 Jan. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 95–96; JS Collection, CHL.