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Letter to Emma Smith, 4 April 1839

Liberty, Jail, Clay. Cont Mo, April, 4th, 1839.
Dear— and affectionate— Wife

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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Thursday night I sat down just as the sun is going down, as we peak throu the greats of this lonesome prision, to write to you, that I may make known to you my situation. It is I believe it is now about five months and six days since I have bean under the grimace, of a guard night and day, and within the walls grates and screeking of iron dors, of a lonesome dark durty prison. With immotions known only to God, do I write this letter, the contimplations, of the mind under these circumstances, defies the pen, or tounge, or Angels, to discribe, or paint, to the human being, who never experiance what we experience. This night we expect; is the last night we shall try our weary joints and bones on our dirty straw couches in these walls, let our case hereafter be as it may, as we expect to start to morrow, for Daviess Co

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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—, for our trial, We shall have a change of Venue to some of the lower counties, for the final trial, as our Lawyers generaly say; if law can be adheared to in Davis

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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, as it grants us the privaliege. But you are awere of what we may expect, of beings that have conducted as they have. We lean on the arm of Jehovah, and none else, for our deliverance, and if he dont do it, it will not be done, you may be assured, for there is great thirsting for our blood, in this state

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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; not because we are guilty of any thing: but because they say these men will give an account of what has been done to them; the wrongs they have sustain if it is known, it will ruin the State

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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. So the mob party have sworn, to have our lives, at all hasards, but God will disappoint them we trust, We shall be moved from this at any rate and we are glad of it let what will become of us we cannot get into a worse hole [p. [1]]
Liberty, Jail, Clay. Cont Mo, April, 4th, 1839.
Dear— and affectionate— Wife

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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Thursday night I sat  down just as the sun is going down, as we peak throu  the greats of this lonesome prision, to write to you, that  I may make known to you my situation. It is I believe <it is>  now about five months and six days since I have bean  under the grimace, of a guard night and day, and within the  walls grates and screeking of iron dors, of a lonesome  dark durty prison. With immotions known only to  God, do I write this letter, the contimplations, of the  mind under these circumstances, defies the pen, or  tounge, or Angels, to discribe, or paint, to the human  mid mind being, who never experiance what I we  experience. This night we expect; is the last night  we shall try our weary joints and bones on our  dirty straw couches in these walls, let our case  hereafter be as it may, as we expect to start to mor row, for Davi[es]s Co

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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—, for our trial, We shall have  a change of Venue to some of the lower counties,  for the final trial, as our Lawyers generaly say;  if law can be adheared to in Davis

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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, as it grants us  the privaliege. But you are awere of what we may  expect, of beings that <have> conducted as they have. We  lean on the arm of Jehovah, and none else, for  our deliverance, and if he dont do it, it will not  be done, you may be assured, for there is great  thirsting for our blood, in this state

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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; not beca use we are guilty of any thing: but because  they say these men <will> give an account of what  has been done to them; the wrongs they have su stain if it is known, it <will> ruin the State

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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.  So the mob party have sworn, to have our  lives, at all hasards, but God will disapp oint them we trust, We shall be moved from  this at any rate and we are glad of it let  what will become of <us> we cannot <get> into a worse hole [p. [1]]
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, IL, 4 Apr. 1839; handwriting of JS; three pages; JS papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT.

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