I have great zeal, boundless ambition for the spread of truth, and some acquaintance with publishing, but lack in many other respects, but be assured I will be faithful in this matter if committed to my charge and when I get able to cross the sea I shall feel perfectly safe in leaving the whole business with the residue of the committee. We will give you one hundred dollars on each thousand coppies for the right of publishing, or we will give you one hundred Books on each thousand. Or we will publish it on commision and return you all the profits after defraying the expences of the same together with a reasonable charge for our time. Or, we will publish it on any other conditions which you can reasonably propose.
Please write immediately and let us know and in the mean time we will be getting ready and seeking for means.
Any Hymn Book which or the will favor us with shall also be published on similar conditions. If you would appoint a periodical to be pub lished in this city it can be done immediately and thousand would circulate here, where one would circulate from the west, they are so slow and uncertain in coming from there to us. I would also suggest for your considerations that the publication of the Book of Mormon in Europe, in English, French, German, and other languages, be committed to the “Twelve, as a committee who shall take charge of the same and whose duty it shall be to secure to you the Copy rights in the several goverments, and to render strict account from time to time to the
Dear Br, you may think I am in good earnest indeed about speeding this matter, and so I am for it must go
to all Nations, Kindred. Tongues. and People ere long. I sincerely hope the day is not far distant when a printing establishment will be reared in some of Zion according to the word of the Lord and the pattern given. We remember you on the question of your afflictions. I remain your Brother in the Bonds of the Everlasting Covenant. My Love to all enquiring friends
J. Smith Jun
Br Foster approves of this letter and sends his love to you [p. 79]