Manchester, Dec, 4th 1841.
Dear Brother Smith,
I take this oppertunity to comuni cate with you, and would say that myself and family are all Well. and We wish health and peace and favour to rest abundantly upon you and your family and all the household of faith. We Rejoice greatly in the continual good news Which We hear from the Land of Zion, and in the Spirit of faith, union, confidence, enterprise and industry Which seems to prevail and in crease in your midst. We Rejoice in the Building of the and feel great desire to push it forward. you will doubtless get the Letter I sent last and you will there see What my mind has been on that subject for some time and I find that it is in perfect accordance with the Spirit of the Lord in . viz. to push the ahead with all posible Speed. and I hope it will be enclosed by next fall. and myself will continue to forward according to our ability, and will endeavour to influence others so to do. But O! Br, Joseph Millions of Labourers are out of employ, and are starving in this country, and among others hundreds of the most faithful saints. and hundreds more are laboring like slaves on about half what they can eat. This pains my heart, and I sometimes feel as if I could take them all on my shoulders and upon my arms and carry them to Zion; but allass, the means is Wanting. yet we are enabled to work the deliverance of many by humbling the rich and exalting the poor, But Dear Br, the saints in this country are nearly all poor and there is no Capital among them as it were; therefore they cannot fulfil your epistle in Regard to men of Capital coming first to prepare the way for the Rich will not hear nor obey the gospel. and the poor must flea or perish. and if they perish they had rather perish Where provisions cost about one sixth part what they cost here. Yea, most gladly would they sell them selves for slaves to their Brethern in for the sake of a being on the earth, but no one will buy them. (that is hire them, and advance them money to go with.)
Dear Br be so kind as to write me a few lines in answer to this letter, and give me a word of encouragement, and [p. ]