Letter to Emma Smith, 4 June 1834

On the banks of the Mississippi, June 4th. 1834
My Dear Companion, I now embrace a few moments to dictate a few  words that you may know how it is with us up to this date.
We arrived this morning on the banks of the Mississippi, and were detained  from crossing the river, as there was no boat that we could cross in, but expect  a new one to be put into the river this evening, so that we are in hopes, to be able to  cross to morrow, and proceed on our journey. A tolerable degree of union has  prevailed among the brethren or camp up to the present moment, and we are all in  better circumstances of health apparently than when we started from Kirtland  with the exception of Alden Childs who is sick with the Mumps attended with [p. 56]
JS, letter, Pike County, IL, to Emma Smith, Kirtland, OH, 4 June 1834; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 56–59; JS Collection, CHL.