Letter from William Smith, 28 October 1843

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I have ben obliged to Summons a council of Elders to setle the matter & the result has ben to cut one of the Elders off from the church also his wife for Sirculating Slanderous reports <​to​> the injury of my character & the caus in the cuntrey Abraham Burtis the Presiding officer of the New Egypt church of is the person aluded to a particular favaurite of &
if I was as willing to give tro[u]ble to others as this has ben to me. I should publish him & suspend him from the church untill I could get home, to follow me up & serch after my conduct & correct my Errers and to see that I had don[e] all <​things​> wile he ought to be learnedt a lesson you may do as you think best with him, I should not of car[e]d any thing about it if my family had not of ben with me in a strange land & amaung Enimes I am prepar[e]d to use him up in spite of all he can do aghanst me
sends her Love to you & all the children sends his love to you remember me to & all Sophronia [Smith McCleary] wright me a long letter direct to this city tell me all the news you can I will right again soon give my respect to & except [accept] the same for yourself as ever your Brother
<​ Pa OCT 29​>
<​25​>
Pres Joseph Smith
Hancock Co
Ills
From his Brother who is in the city of [p. [4]]
I have ben obliged to Summons a council of Elders to setle the matter & the result has ben to cut one of the Elders off from the church also his wife for Sirculating Slanderous reports to the injury of my character & the caus in the cuntrey Abraham Burtis the Presiding officer of the New Egypt church of is the person aluded to a particular favaurite of &
if I was as willing to give trouble to others as this has ben to me. I should publish him & suspend him from the church untill I could get home, to follow me up & serch after my conduct & correct my Errers and to see that I had done all things wile he ought to be learnedt a lesson you may do as you think best with him, I should not of cared any thing about it if my family had not of ben with me in a strange land & amaung Enimes I am prepared to use him up in spite of all he can do aghanst me
sends her Love to you & all the children sends his love to you remember me to & all Sophronia [Smith McCleary] wright me a long letter direct to this city tell me all the news you can I will right again soon give my respect to & except [accept] the same for yourself as ever your Brother
Pa OCT 29
25
Pres Joseph Smith
Hancock Co
Ills
From his Brother who is in the city of [p. [4]]
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