, Letter, , Erie Co., NY, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 18 Mar. 1843; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
in all my life than I have since left me in this reagion to take care of the whole Coferance and while in this little branch whare they all (like dutiful children to a faithful father) look to <me> for instructions & will Swallow evrey thing that <I> teach them & run after the prinsiples of life as <an> ox drinketh dow[n] water when he is dry— & all most every body look to the mormons for to reconcile many passageus of scrpture, & no one that which all serve to make me feell my dependenc the more on the lord & to the feel to the graterer need of receiveing the word at thy mouth.— & my dear brother do pray for me that the lord will abide with me untill I am permited to come home & recieve his will at thy mouths! when lift me he instru[c]ted to proceede on to the East after our Batavia conferance & visit all the branches I could & hold conferances where it was needed. & instruk the saints the neissity [necessity] of contribiting to the building of the , & the as also of a speady gatheren— this is my intention at p[r]esent but I think there should <be> a sutable Elder left in this place: as we have gotten a foot hold in this grate dapo [depot] we aught hold ourer claims, & assurt our wrights in which all important points as this is, important to the Saints both in the east & in the west in the sam[e] propo[r]tion as it might facilitate in the gathering as in other— matters of importance, I wish you to instrut me on this point particulurly & in all matters that may seem wisdom to you for I have but one interest that is to build up & am at the disposial of the authoroties <that> bee in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, & if you wish to have me stay in through the summer I will do so— but if y[ou] would have me go on in the Sp[r]ing & visit the branches: you have only to write me your will— which I shall exspect you will do soon after you receive thils [this]— I want to hear from the home of the saints how the two houses are coming for ward & how all the work prospers in its different, branches! as also what the antimormons are at since their defeat on the claim & the repeals of Charters: (o thank God for I will prays [praise] him in the congragations of the saints) I have many thing to say to you but cannot now: only the winter has been very scerous [serious] in the state— the ground has been coverd with snow since the 18. day of Novr. & good— Slaying [sleighing] all the time with the excepttions of the snow drifts & the last week since the 15 of March— has been some the most severe Snow & winds that I ever expureanced, it is said the Ice is now three feet thick in the lake! this cold ha[r]sh wind seriously affects my lungs & I think has Injoured my helth, my wife & littler dauter Mary Emma [Greene], Joine in their respects to youre self & most ameable & famely— & wishes she was at this time injoyinig the selubruous zephirs of youre [delightful] . & dear Sir I am with the warmest respect yours in the bonds of the Everlasting covenant
Joseph Smith prophet of the most high God
NB, Show this to Br I should of written to him now but it is hard getting money to pay postage & will not send with out ourer love to and all the twelve; (yis to gods people). I wish they would send me both Papers to this place— & tell them we shall have some subscriptions for them this spring, the work of Lord is prosperin in this reagion as far as I have hered, <also remember me to & family & wish to be remember in his prarys> [p. ]