Letter to Emma Smith, 4 April 1839

the need of my council, and help, but as <a> combin nation <of> things have conspired to place me where  I am, and I know it <is> not my fault, and further  if my voice and council, had been heeded I shou ld not have been here, but I find no fault  with you, att all I know nothing but what  you have done the best you could, if there is  any thing it is known to yourself, you must  be your own judge, on that subject: and  if ether of done us have done wrong it is  wise in us to repent of it, and for God  sake, do not be so foolish as to yield to  the flattery of the Devel, faslshoods, and  vainty, in this hour of trouble, that our  affections be drawn, away from the right  objects, those preasious things, God has given  us will rise up in judgement against us  in the day of judgement against us if we  do not mark well our steps, and ways.  My heart has often been exceeding sorrow ful when I have thought of these things  for many considerations, one thing let, [me adm] onished you by way of my duty, do not [be]  self willed, neither harber a spirit of re vevenge: and again remember that he  who is my enemys, is yours also, and nev er give up an old tried friend, who has  waded through all manner of toil, for  your sake, and throw him away becau[se] fools may tell <you> he <has> some faults; these things  have accured to <me> as I have been writing, I do  speak of <them> because you do not know them, but  because I want to stir up your pure mind  by way of rememberance: all feelings of diss isfaction is far from my heart, I wish to act  upon that principle of generosity, that will acquit  myself in the preasance of  through the mercy of God You[r] [p. [3]]
JS, letter, Liberty, MO, to Emma Smith, Quincy, IL, 4 Apr. 1839; handwriting of JS; three pages; JS papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT.