History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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<​December 5​> of the Gentiles) That we do not intend he shall have our votes— We have spent the remainder of our time in hunting up the Representatives, in order to get our case brought before the house; in giving them letters of introduction &c and in getting acquainted, <​A​> meeting <​of​> the delegation of the State of was appointed to day, to consult for bringing our case before Congress. The Gentlemen from , are worthy men, and have treated us with the greatest kindness, and are ready to do all that is in their power— but you are aware brethren that they with us have all the prejudices, superstition and bigotry of an ignorant generation to contend with, nevertheless we believe our case will be brought before the house, and we will leave the event with God— he is our Judge and the Avenger of our wrongs— For a General thing there is but little solidity and honorable deportment among those who are sent here to represent the people; but a great deal of pomposity and show— We left and others on the road and received a letter from them this day— They were at the date of the Letter on the 29th. November, near Washington, in expecting to stop a day or two at his brother’s, on account of his ill health— He has occasionally a chill yet, but is not dangerous— We expect him here soon [blank] — — — — — — — — We have already commenced forming some very honorable acquaintances— and have thus far been prospered as much as we had anticipated if not more— We have had a pleasing interview with , who [HC 4:40] proposed to furnish us with expence money We can draw on him for funds to publish our book, and we want you to raise some more money for us, and deposit it in the branch Bank in to be drawn to the order of , send us the amount of your deposit, taking a receipt of the same— You need not be afraid to do this, We think from the proceeds of the Sale of books— We can make it all straight, do therefore be punctual, as much depends upon it. We cannot accomplish the things for which we were sent without some funds— You very well know brethren we were contented to start, trusting in God, with little or nothing— We have met with but one accident since we started— The lock of our trunk was broken off, and— Brother ’s Petition is missing, but we trust there is a copy of it preserved, if there is, you will please forward it immediately, with the name and affidavit affixed to it. For God’s sake brethren be wide awake, and arm us with all the power possible, for now is the time or never— We want you should get all the influential men you can of that section of Country of and of every other quarter, to write letters to the Members of Congress, using their influence in our behalf, and to keep their minds constantly upon the subject— Please to forward this to our wives yours in the bonds of the Everlasting Covenant Joseph Smith Junr.— P.S. Congress has been in Session four days, and the House of Representatives is not yet organized in consequence of some Seats [p. 989]
December 5 of the Gentiles) That we do not intend he shall have our votes— We have spent the remainder of our time in hunting up the Representatives, in order to get our case brought before the house; in giving them letters of introduction &c and in getting acquainted, A meeting of the delegation of the State of — was appointed to day, to consult for bringing our case before Congress. The Gentlemen from , are worthy men, and have treated us with the greatest kindness, and are ready to do all that is in their power— but you are aware brethren that they with us have all the prejudices, superstition and bigotry of an ignorant generation to contend with, nevertheless we believe our case will be brought before the house, and we will leave the event with God— he is our Judge and the Avenger of our wrongs— For a General thing there is but little solidity and honorable deportment among those who are sent here to represent the people; but a great deal of pomposity and show— We left and others on the road and received a letter from them this day— They were at the date of the Letter on the 29th. November, near Washington, in expecting to stop a day or two at his brother’s, on account of his ill health— He has occasionally a chill yet, but is not dangerous— We expect him here soon [blank] — — — — — — — — We have already commenced forming some very honorable acquaintances— and have thus far been prospered as much as we had anticipated if not more— We have had a pleasing interview with , who [HC 4:40] proposed to furnish us with expence money We can draw on him for funds to publish our book, and we want you to raise some more money for us, and deposit it in the branch Bank in to be drawn to the order of , send us the amount of your deposit, taking a receipt of the same— You need not be afraid to do this, We think from the proceeds of the Sale of books— We can make it all straight, do therefore be punctual, as much depends upon it. We cannot accomplish the things for which we were sent without some funds— You very well know brethren we were contented to start, trusting in God, with little or nothing— We have met with but one accident since we started— The lock of our trunk was broken off, and— Brother ’s Petition is missing, but we trust there is a copy of it preserved, if there is, you will please forward it immediately, with the name and affidavit affixed to it. For God’s sake brethren be wide awake, and arm us with all the power possible, for now is the time or never— We want you should get all the influential men you can of that section of Country of and of every other quarter, to write letters to the Members of Congress, using their influence in our behalf, and to keep their minds constantly upon the subject— Please to forward this to our wives yours in the bonds of the Everlasting Covenant Joseph Smith Junr.— — P.S. Congress has been in Session four days, and the House of Representatives is not yet organized in consequence of some Seats [p. 989]
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