Letterbook 2

Emma Smith to JS • 25 April 1837

Dear Husband
Your letter was welcomed both by friends and  foes, we were glad enough to hear that you was well, and our enemies think they have  almost found you, by seeing where the letters were mailed. We are all well as usual except  Mother is not quite as well as common. Our family is small and yet I have a great deal  of business to see to, Brother Tenny has not moved yet, and he does not know when  he will, we have taken possession of all the room we could get.
I have got all the money that I have had any chance to, and as many goods as I could  well, I have not got much at Chester, no money at all, there is so many a watching  that place that there is no prospect of my getting any thing of consequence there.
Brother Knights will tell you better about the business than I can write, as there  is but a moment for me to improve. I cannot tell you my feelings when I found  I could not see you before you left, yet I expect you can realize them, the children feel  very anxious about you because they dont know where you have gone; I verily feel that  if I had no more confidence in God than some I could name, I should be in a sad case  indeed but I still believe that if we humble ourselves, and are <as> faithful as we can be  we shall be delivered from every snare that maybe laid for our feet, and our lives and  property will be saved and we redeemed from all unreasonable encumbrances.
My time is out, I pray that God will keep you in purity and safety  till we all meet again.
Kirtland April 25th.
Mr Joseph Smith Jr

Emma Smith to JS • 3 May 1837

Kirtland May 3rd 1837
Ever affectionate husband, myself and the children are well  Father and Mother are not very well, tho not dangerous. I do not know what to  tell you, not having but a few minutes to write, the situation of your business is such as  is very difficult for me to do any thing of any consequence, partnership matters give every  body such an unaccountable right to every particle of property or money that they can  lay their hands on, that there is no prospect of my getting one dollar of current money  or even get the grain you left for our bread, as I sent to the French place for that wheat  and brother Strong says that he shall let us only have ten bushel, he has sold the hay  and keeps the money, Dr [Warren] Cowdery tells me he can’t get money to pay the postage of  the office. I spoke to Parish [Warren Parrish] about the money, and he appeared rather indifferent [p. 35]
Letterbook 2, [1839–ca. summer 1843]; handwriting of Howard Coray, James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, Willard Richards, John Fullmer, William Clayton, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.