Joseph Wood, Letter, Bonhomme, St. Louis Co., MO, to and JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 14 Mar. 1843; handwriting of Joseph Wood; endorsement in handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.
and Joseph under the name of lecturing against mormonism in order to excite prejudice and hatred against, and some fools have believed him, but the most enlightened believe that he is a knave, if I could meet with him sometime when I am in the humour & about half shaved I would give him hell to such a degree that he would hate ever after.
Now when you receive this if you intend to do any thing for , recollect, it must be done immediately: therefore if you intend to help him as soon as you receive this send some man in whom you can put confidence, with to me immediately, and send with him about Four hundred Dollars, suppose you send , unless he is very much altered I k[n]ow him to be trusty and a battalion himself though he has but one arm. If you send I will immediately go up and try for a change venue, for I am informed they intend to try him in , and if they do he is a gone sucker— he must get a change of venue— all that I will demand for my services will be but little over my expences, and the loss that I will necessarily incur by neglect of other business or the employing another Lawyer to attend to my business <during> my absence— I don’t want a mormon convicted, that people are too near my heart for me to bear the thought—
Now don’t send a fool here who will blab & gab and get himself into difficulty, but if you send any one, charge him to ask no questions nor answer any, nor tell where he lives, nor his business, but only that he has heard of me as a lawyer and has come for advice, and not that he is personally acquainted with me.
My office <is> in at Hillsboro Jefferson County, but I am about half the time in ab[o]ut three miles of Manchester. whomsoever you send, let him come to by water and from thence to Manchester by stage, and there let him enquire where I reside, and any person in Manchester can tell him— I Board with a man by the name of James Pruet & when he gets there if I am off on business, or at my office at Hill’s boro, he must wait till I return or send Mr Pruet after me, he is a very clever [p. ]