Letter from Benjamin Winchester, 18 September 1841

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Sept 18th 1841
Dear Brother in the Lord
Having a few leisure Moments I set myself down to write a few lines to you Although it is some time since I have written to you yet I assure you that I have the same respect for you both in your public and private capassity that I ever had
<​*​> I have learned from a letter from addressed to one of the brethren in this that and are set apart to preach in Mass. Now when was here he requested me to accompany me to that place but did not mean which I promised to do but did not wish to be understood that [page torn]ould remain there any great length of time I have already performed that mission and assisted in commencing the work in that We published an “Address” to the citizens of that a copy of which I will mail to you with this letter Now if it is possible for me [p. [1]] to be excused from going to at present I wish to be One reason is that can do as much preaching there as they <​we​> both could another is that I have supported myself <​and family​> with the exception of our board for the last year therefore, it has of necessity involved me in debt. To pay my debts I published the “Gospel Reflector” and other pamphlets thinking that I could realize proffit enough to meet my engagements but I have not sold enough <​to​> realize any benifit from the proffit of them Hence if I leave here my debts being unpaid it my creditors will be dissatisfied and make me trouble Again my health is verry poor at present I am afflicted with the Asthma when attacted with it some times for a week I cannot lay down It is generally brought on by cold easterly winds which are so frequent in the New England states Indeed I am not able to travel and preach as I have in former days If you should request me to go south to Ba[l]timore or else where I will try to go as soon as possible If you I could get any thing to do in to for a [p. [2]] livelyhood I should like it very much There is much printing to do in and as I am prety well <​somewhat​> acquainted with that buisness perhaps you could get me a situation of that kind
is here and talks of staying till spring but whether he will or not a I cannot tell neither do I care for it not any of my business All I have to say is that the way the repremand given in the “Times and Seasons” is explained away is a caution it amounts to this the Lord and you were mistaken H[e] pretends that he has not got mon[ey] enough; to this, I say he had money enough according to his own state ment when he arrived here first to overtake in England or Germany which he might <​have​> done had he been expeditious And he says that has enough to bear the expenses of them both I think that he has given up the idea of overtaking in Europe but thinks of sed a going immediately to without passing through the interior of Europe dont understand me that I wish to accuse to you for I do not— It seems to me that will be on his way back before gets there [p. [3]]
The work of the Lord is prospering in this section of the country I am subject to your counsel as far as is in my power Please write to me as soon as you get this if you have time for it would be a treat to have a letter from you
I never regretted the death of any man more that <​than​> that of and I said whose will “who can fill his place”
Yours respectfully
Joseph Smith
 
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Joseph Smith
Hancock Co
Illinois
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