Letter from Lyman Wight and Heber C. Kimball, 19–24 June 1844
and , Letter, , Philadelphia Co., PA, to JS, [, Hancock Co., IL], 19–24 June 1844; handwriting of ; signature in handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of ; notation in unidentified handwriting; sixteen pages; JS Collection, CHL.
To my well beloved Brother and Fellow Prisoner Joseph Smith president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints,
I <We> take this opportunity of giving you an abridged history of my transactions together with Bro my fellow traveller. We left the 21st. day of May amidst the acclamation of three Cheers from the shore Joseph Smith the next president of the , we passed smothly down the there being 165 Passengers on board the Boat, “Osprey.” I was called upon to deliver a political address, and to show what right he had to the presidential Chair, which I did to the [illegible] entire satisfaction of nearly all the Passenge[r]s on board, not forgetting at the same time to show that the other Candidates had disqualified themselves to all the right and title by acts of pure meaness: whilst Speaking of their acts of meaness I was frequently interupted with loud laughing and clapping of hands, by way of approbation. A vote a being taken on the presidential questions and Joseph Smith received a large mgority [majority] over all the other Candidates. We reached on the 22nd. in the morni[n]g at 10 Oclock. [p. 1]