Letter to Presendia Huntington Buell, 15 March 1839

Beloved Sister we see that perilous times have truly come and the things which we  have so long expected have at last began to usher in but when you see the fig tree  begin to put forth its leaves you may know that the Summer is nigh at hand  there will be a short work on the Earth it has now commenced I suppose there will  soon be perplexity all over the Earth do not let our hearts faint when these things  come upon us for they must come or the word cannot be fulfilled I know that  something will soon take place to stir up this generation to see what they have  been doing and that their fathers have inherited lies and they have been led captive  by the Devil to no profit but they know not what they do do not have any  feelings of enmity towards any Son or Daughter of Adam I believe I shall be  let out of their hands some way or another and shall see good days we can not  do any thing only stand still and see the Salvation of God he must do his own  work or it must fall to the ground we must not take it in our hands to avenge  our wrongs Vengeance is mine saith the Lord and I will repay I have no fears  I shall stand unto death God being my helper I wanted to communicate something  and I wrote this &c Write to us if you can
J. Smith Jr.
To Mrs. Norman Buel
March 15— 1839
Joseph Smith in Prison  to  Mrs. Priscinda Buel [Presendia Huntington Buell] [p. [2]]
JS, letter, Liberty, MO, to Presendia Huntington Buell, Clay Co., MO, 15 Mar. 1839; handwriting of Thomas Bullock; in JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, between pp. 897—898; CHL. Includes endorsement.