For the foregoing reasons we h[a]ve sent only for mechanics know[i]ng that others are to come & believing that others [w]ill none come without a command not knowing but that they may.——
We do not expect that all the mechanics will be found & sent but we have sent for those most needed” needed.”—— Among the mechanics sent for it is expected that one blacksmith one shoemaker and one mason will come in the from Nelson. and brothers Babet [Erastus Babbitt] <Kingsberry> and Stebbens. and a brother from Winchester Indiana who is a tanner.— Advise the brethren by all means to Come by land and
this [thus] obey the command of the Lord.— We think that it would be well for the brethren to bring one barrel buck wheat. one and one of Clover seed.—— <or half a Bbu Clover Seed if possible>
Ten of our brethren have started to proclaim the Gospel namely. ( & ) ( & ) these four are going on the south side of the to and Bethany Virginia. ( & ) through the more settled parts of Illinois & Indiana. ( & ) through the north part of Illinois & Indiana . into . Daniel Cathcart & Joshua Fairchild through the north part of this through Ill. Indi. to .——
Say to brother that if he can send a carding machine and clothiers tools this spring by water we think that it will be well. even which can be put in operation as soon as circumstances may permit. Also say to brother [Major N.] Ashley of that the says if he can send the leather up to this land as he talk[ed] to me last Oct at Confrence in it will be of great worth to the Desiples.——
The brethren are generally well and rejoicing in the Lord. The and all the with all the brethren send love to the eastern Churches.
I remain your brother in the Lord
Joseph Smith Jun.
P.S. We expect soon to be ready to print and hope that brother can supply with paper at present you can tear off the bottom of this sheet which will serve him for a bill you see if ten thousand copies is are struck it will take double the amount of the first mentioned Ream[s] and we feel anxious that it may be so for I think there is no fear of sale [rest of page cut off] [p. ]