another in his stead was put into the hands of Esqr. of with a request that he would hand it to you about the time you left for . We have not yet heard anything whether handed it to you or neglected so to do, but we feel extremely anxious to learn something on the subject as the Citizens generally are suffering severely from the impositions & dishonest conduct of the & those connected with the Post Office in this .
The petition was accompanied by some affidavits proving that letters had frequently been broken open, money detained, and letters charged twice over &c. &c. at this office, the repeated occurrence of which circumstances caused the people to be anxious for an immediate change. It will be seen by the Petition that I was nominated for the office; I can only say that if I receive the appointment, I shall do my utmost to give general satisfaction. Whoever may be appointed, it is necessary in my estimation to have it done as soon as circumstances will possibly admit. Accept Sir of my sincere acknowledgments for past favors which are not forgotten and accept of the best wishes and sincere thanks of
Yours respy Joseph Smith
by his Agent
City of [p. 245]