Letter to the Council of the Twelve, 15 December 1840

If Elder Parley P Pratt should wish to remain in England, for some time longer than the  rest of the Twelve, he will feel himself at liberty to do so; as he his family are with him  Consequently his circumstances are somewhat different to the rest, and likewise it is necessary  that some one should remain who is conversant with the rules, regulations &c & of the church  And continue the paper which is published; consequently taking all these things into  consideration I would not press upon Brother Pratt to return in the spring.
I am happy to inform you that we are prospering in this place, and that the Saints are  more healthy than formerly, and from the decrease of sickness this season when compared with the  last, I am led to the conclusion that this, must eventually become a healthy place.
There are at present about 3000 inhabitants in Nauvoo, and members are flocking in  daily; severeal stakes have been set off in different parts of the country county, which are in prospering  circumstances. Provisions are much lower than when you left. Flour is worth about four  dollars per barrel, corn 25 20 cents per bushel: Pottatoes about 20 cents. and other things in about  the same proportion. There has been a very plentiful harvest indeed, throughout the Union.
You will observe by the “Times & Season” that we are about building a Temple for the worship  of our God in this place; preparations are now making, every tenth day is devoted by the  brethren here, for quarrying rock &c &. we have secured one of the most lovely sites for it  that there is in this region of Country. It is expected to be considerably larger and on <a> more  magnificent scale than the one in Kirtland and which will undoubtedly attract the attention  of the great men of the <earth> We have a bill before the Legislature for the incorporation of the City of Nauvoo  for the establishment of a Seminary and other purposes, which I expect will pass in a  short time.
You will also have received intelligence of the death of my Father, which event  altho painful to the family and to the church generally, yet the sealing testimony of the  truth of the work of the Lord was indeed satisfactory; the particulars of his death &c  you will find in the Sepr. number of the “Times and seasons” Brother Hyrum [Smith] succeeds  him as patriarch of the church, according to his last directions and benedictions.
Several persons of emminece [eminence] and distinction in society, have joined the Church, and [p. [4]]
JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to the Council of the Twelve, England, 15 Dec. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL.