Letter to Hyrum Smith and Nauvoo, Illinois, High Council, 5 December 1839

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Corner of Missouri & 3d. Street,
Dec 5th 1839.
Dear . and to the Honorable of the . To whom be fellowship, love and the peace of Almighty God extended and the prayer of faith forever and <ever> Amen, Your fellow labourers, Joseph Smith Jr, and Agents, as well as the servants that are sent by you, to perform one of the most arduous and responsible duties, and also to labour in the most honorable cause that <ever> graced the pages of human existance; and respectfully show by these lines, that we have taken up our cross thus far— and that we arrived in this on the morning of the 28th. of November, and spent the most of that day in looking up a boarding house which we succeeded in in finding. We found as cheap boarding as can be had in this city.
On friday morning 29th we proceeded <to> the house of the — We found a very large and splendid palace, surrounded with a splendid enclosure decorated with all the fineries and elegancies of this world we went to the door and requested to see the ; when we were immediately introduced into an upper apartment where we met the and were introduced into his parlor, where we presented him with our Letters of introductions;— as soon as he had read one of them, he looked upon us with a kind of half frown and said, what can I do? I can do nothing for you,— if I do any thing, I shall come in contact with the whole State of — But we were not to be intimidated, and demanded a hearing and constitutional rights— Before we left him he promised to reconsider what he had said, and observed that he felt to sympathise with us on account of our sufferings,— Now we shall endeavor to express our feelings and views concerning the , as we have been eye witnesses of his Majesty— He is a small man, sandy complexion, and ordinary features; with [p. 85]
Corner of Missouri & 3d. Street,
Dec 5th 1839.
Dear . and to the Honorable of the . To whom be fellowship, love and the peace of Almighty God extended and the prayer of faith forever and ever Amen, Your fellow labourers, Joseph Smith Jr, and Agents, as well as the servants that are sent by you, to perform one of the most arduous and responsible duties, and also to labour in the most honorable cause that ever graced the pages of human existance; and respectfully show by these lines, that we have taken up our cross thus far— and that we arrived in this on the morning of the 28th. of November, and spent the most of that day in looking up a boarding house which we succeeded in in finding. We found as cheap boarding as can be had in this city.
On friday morning 29th we proceeded to the house of the — We found a very large and splendid palace, surrounded with a splendid enclosure decorated with all the fineries and elegancies of this world we went to the door and requested to see the ; when we were immediately introduced into an upper apartment where we met the and were introduced into his parlor, where we presented him with our Letters of introductions;— as soon as he had read one of them, he looked upon us with a kind of half frown and said, what can I do? I can do nothing for you,— if I do any thing, I shall come in contact with the whole State of — But we were not to be intimidated, and demanded a hearing and constitutional rights— Before we left him he promised to reconsider what he had said, and observed that he felt to sympathise with us on account of our sufferings,— Now we shall endeavor to express our feelings and views concerning the , as we have been eye witnesses of his Majesty— He is a small man, sandy complexion, and ordinary features; with [p. 85]
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