Letterbook 2

Don Carlos Smith and William Smith to JS and Hyrum Smith • 6 March 1839

Quincy Illinois March 6th 1839
Brethren Hyrum [Smith] and Joseph,
Having an opportunity to send a line  to you, I do not feel disposed to let it slip unnoticed. Father’s family have all  arrived in this state, except you two, And could I but see your faces, this side  of the Mississippi, and know and realize that you had been delivered from  your enemies, it would certainly light up a new gleam of hope in our bosoms;  nothing could be more satisfactory, nothing could give us more joy.
Emma and Children are well, they live three miles from here, and  have a tolerable good place. Hyrum’s children and mother Grinolds are  living at present with father; they are all well, Mary [Fielding Smith] has not got her health  yet, but I think it increases slowly. She lives in the house with old Father  Dixon, likewise Br [Robert B.] Thompson and family; they are probably a half mile  from Father’s; we are trying to get a house, and to get the family together,  we shall do the best we can for them, and that which we consider to be most  in concordance with Hyram’s feelings. One thing I would say (not however  to the disrespect of Sister [Mercy Fielding] Thompson) which is that this, the family would do better  without her than with her; which I am confident you will regulate when  you come. One reason for so saying, is that I do not think that she is  a suitable person to govern the family. Father and Mother stood their jour ney remarkably, they are in tolerable health, Samuel [Smith]’s wife has been sick  ever since they arrived, Wm [Smith] has removed 40 miles from here, but is here  now, and says he is anxious to have you liberated, and see you enjoy  liberty once more. My family is well, my health has not been good  for about two weeks, and for 2 or 3 days the toothache has been my tormentor.  It all originated from a severe cold.
Dear Brethren, we just heard that the Governor  says that he is a going to set you all at liberty; I hope it’s true, other  letters that you will probably recieve, will give you information concerning  the warm feeling of the people here towards us, After writing these hurried lines  in misery I close by leaving the Blessings of God with you—, and praying  for your health, prosperity and restitution to liberty. This from a true  friend and brother.
J, Smith Jr, H Smith.
Bro Hyrum & Joseph,— I should have called down to Liberty  to have seen you, had it not have been for the multiplicity of business  that was on my hands & again I thought perhaps that the people might think [p. 38]
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.