Letter to Robert D. Foster, 11 March 1840

Nauvoo March 11, 1840.
After I left you, I came to my  bro’s house in Plymouth the same day; and  there I learned that my father was sick, and  that he was not expected to live— had called his  children together &c. my Bro. William had left home  for this place the day before I arrived there. But  when I arrived here I found him a little better,  but was quite low yet. Since that time, he has  been much afflicted with the ague, but is now recov ering. With that exception we are all well at pres ent; and it is a general time of health here now.
I have delivered two discourses in this place  since my return— giveing a brief history of our journy  the reception we met with by the president &c. and  the general feeling towards us in Washington and other  places. The effect has been to turn the entire mass  of the people, even to an individual, so far as I have  learned on the other side of the great political question—
I find that we have lost nothing by our  change; but have gained friends and influence.  The fact is, we were compelled to change in consequence  of seeing a disposition manifest to turn a deaf ear  to the cries of suffering innocence. When we can see  a disposition in our chief magistrate to sacrifice  the rights of the poor at the shrine of popularity,  it is high time to cast off such an individual.
After haveing formed an acquaintance with  you, and a very intimate one too, for the last  4 months, and I need not say an agreeable  one too, I feel quite anxious to see you after  a short separation, I hope you can make it  convenient to come up and see us soon. I  want to get hold of your journal very much.
-[Our Church here is prospering, and many  are comeing into it. Our Town is improveing  very fast. It is almost incredible to see what  amt. of labor has been performed here during the winter [p. [1]]
JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to Robert D. Foster, Beverly, IL, 11 Mar. 1840; unidentified handwriting; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.