Letter to Hyrum Smith, 5 December 1839

frowning brow and considerable body but not well pro portioned, as his arms and legs— and to use his own  words is quite fat— On the whole we think his he is  without boddy or parts, as no one part seems to be  proportioned to another— therefore instead of saying  boddy and parts we say boddy and part, or party ism if you please to call it, and in fine to come  directly to the point, he so much a fop or a fool,  (for he judged our cause before he knew it,) we could  find no place to put truth into him— We do not <say>  the Saints shall not vote for him, but we do say  boldly, (though it need not be published in the streets  of Nauvoo, neither among the daughters of the Gentiles,)  That we do not intend he shall have our votes—
We have spent the remainder of our time in hunting  up the Representatives, in order to get our case brought  before the house; in giving them Letters of introductions &c,  and in getting acquainted— Meeting, of the delegation of  the State of Illinois, was appointed to day, to consult  for bringing our case before Congress. The Gentlemen from  Illinois, are worthy men, and have treated <us> and have  with the greatest kindness, and are ready to do all  that is in their power— but you are aware brethren that  they with us have all the prejudices, superstition and  bigotry of an ignorant generation to contend with,  nevertheless we believe our case will be brought before the  house, and we will leave the event with God— he is  our Judge and the avenger of our wrongs— For a  general thing there is but little solidity and honorable  deportment among those who are sent here to represent  the people; but a great deal of pomposity and  show— We left Prest. [Sidney] Rigdon <and others> on the road and recd.  a Letter this day from them— They were, at the date of  a Letter on the 29th. Nov., near Washington of Pa. expecting to stop a day or two at his brothers, on  account of his ill health— He has <occasionally> a chill yet but  is not dangerous— We expect him here soon, and  and stand in need of his talents here very much.
We have already commenced forming some very honorable  acquaintances— and have thus far been prospered as [p. 86]
JS and Elias Higbee, letter, Washington DC, to Hyrum Smith, Commerce, IL, 5 Dec. 1839; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 85–88; JS Collection, CHL.