Ill. [Iowa] Mar 7th 1840
I take my pen for the first time to write a few lines to you, in compliance with the
wishes of the bretheren in this Territory as manifested by their vote, at a meeting of the
held at on Friday the sixth inst, at which Prest. Joseph Smith Jr.
was present, and communicated to us some things relative to the proceedings of
Congress, on the subject of our persecutions in the State of , and final expulsion
therefrom by the Executive au thority thereof.
We are fully sensible, that you will as the Representative of the , do every
thing [in] your power to have our case fairly presented in all its bearings to Congress. And be
assured, that you have the prayers, and the faith of the Saints here. who seem determined
that nothing shall be withheld that they are in possession of or can procure; that will be
of use to you in discharging the duties of your appointment. Exertions are making to
furnish you with every needful testimony, to prove every item of the memorial, presented
to the Senate by Judge Young, which will be forwarded soon by Prst Smith. I am
instructed by the unanimous voice of the Church here to request you not to give an inch
in any position that has been taken; [p. 109]