Letter from Willard Richards, 9 August 1842

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’s office 176 <​Hudson st​>
. Aug. 9[th]. 1842
President Joseph Smith}
Beloved President,
As I have the opportunity of of sending directly to , by , who starts to morrow morning, I improve the the few moments I can spare from previous engagements, in apologising for any neglect. in not writing before this, to him whom I esteem the dearest. on earth, & whose absence I continually feel, for but my time is continually occupied with Something or other, & Since I left . one of the greatest burdens that can be put upon me is to take up a pen, indeed it Seems as though I Loathed the Sight of Ink & paper, & perhaps I have given way to such feelings too much. but be assured that neither time nor distance, can obliterate those emotions of Love, of friendship, of attachment, to yourself & the cause you have espoused, which are interwoven with my very existence.— & which grow Stronger & stronger eve[r]y day. & my my greatest Source of enjoyment constantly is. that I am permitted to bear Some little share of in those base slanders, falsehoods & calumnies that are so copiously heaped upon the head of God’s proph[e]t. in these last days,— but, as like all others, I shall hereafter be known by my fruits. I turn the subject to tell you that hitherto hath the Lord prospered me. so that I am now in this place with. , whose health [p. [1]]
’s office 176 Hudson st
. Aug. 9[th]. 1842
President Joseph Smith}
Beloved President,
As I have the opportunity of of sending directly to , by , who starts to morrow morning, I improve the the few moments I can spare from previous engagements, in apologising for any neglect. in not writing before this, to him whom I esteem the dearest. on earth, & whose absence I continually feel, but my time is continually occupied with Something or other, & Since I left . one of the greatest burdens that can be put upon me is to take up a pen, indeed it Seems as though I Loathed the Sight of Ink & paper, & perhaps I have given way to such feelings too much. but be assured that neither time nor distance, can obliterate those emotions of Love, of friendship, of attachment, to yourself & the cause you have espoused, which are interwoven with my very existence.— & which grow Stronger & stronger every day. & my my greatest Source of enjoyment constantly is. that I am permitted to bear Some little share of in those base slanders, falsehoods & calumnies that are so copiously heaped upon the head of God’s prophet. in these last days,— but, as like all others, I shall hereafter be known by my fruits. I turn the subject to tell you that hitherto hath the Lord prospered me. so that I am now in this place with. , whose health [p. [1]]
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