D[ear] Sister [Sally] phelps, as has given me an opertu nity in his paper letter, I gladly improve it, how far it may be to your edifycation I know not, but trust you will receive it in a maner that shall answer my intention, in so doing for my intention is to give you a word of consolation to streng[th] en you in the absence of your most worthy Companion, and— husband whose merits and experiance and acquirements, but few can compete with in this generation and fewer I fear will ever appretiate the worth of such men; men upon whom God, in his wi[s]dom hath bestowed gifts, that duly qualify them to lead men in the way of life and salvation. I consid er in some degree how great a trial you muste have in this sepera tion, but I think I may safely say, that you may rest with a firm reliance that God will so order it that you may not be seperated only but for a short season, and then <your Joy will be full> and if faithful <he will> return and teach you things that have been hid from the wise and prudent, hiden things of old times, as Moses saist [in] Deut. 33d <chap> 19th verse for they shall suck of the abundance of [the se]as and of the treasures hid in the sand. Some of the[se] things have begin [to] come forth therefore Lift up your heart and be glad; be comforted be faithful: pray in faith; and in fine say to all the saints in Zion as the Lord God livith the is nigh at hand, and we shall live to see it
J. Sm[ith] Jr.