Liberty Jail Clay County Mo
March 20th 1839.
To the at Illinois and scattered abroad and to in particular.
your humble servant Joseph Smith Jn prisoner for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake and for the saints taken and held by the pow er of mobocracy under the exterminating reign of his excel ancy the Governer in company with his fellow prisoners and beloved Brethren and Send unto you all greeting. May the grace of God the father and of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ rest upon you all and abide with you for ever. May knoledge be multiplied unto you by the meorcy of God. And may faith and virtue and knoledge and temperance and pationce and Godliness and Brotherly kindness and charity be in you and abo und that you may not be baron in anything nor unfrutefull. Forasmuch as we know that the most of you are well acquainted with the rongs and the high toned injustice and cruelty that is practiced upon us whereas we have been taken prisoners charged falsly with evry kind of evil and thrown into prison inclo sed with strong walls surrounded with a strong guard who continually watch day and knight as indefatigable as the devil is in tempting and laying snayers for the people of God. Therefore dearly and beloved Brethr en we are the more ready and willing to lay clam claim to your fellowship and love. For our curc [p. 1]