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Letter to Emma Smith, 20–25 January 1840

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<​ Pa​> [January] 20th 1840
My Dear and beloved
I recieved a letter from which cheared my heart to learn that my Family was all alive yet my heart mourns for those who have been taken from us but not without hope for I shall see them again and be with them therefore we can be more reconciled to the dealings of God I am now makeing all hast[e] to arange my business to start for home I feel very anxious to see you all once more in this world the time seems long that I am deprived of your sosiety but the <​lord​> being my helper I will not be much longer I am determined to st[art] for home in a few dayes our [bus]iness I expect is before the house of congress now <​and​> I shall shall start for in a few days and from there home as soon as posible I am filled with constant anxiety and shall be until I git home I pray God to spare you all untill I git home my dear my heart is intwined arround you and those little ones I want <​you​> to remember me tell all the chi[l]dren that I love them and will come home as soon as soon as I can yours in the bonds of love your Husband utill [until] Death &c—
Joseph Smith Jr
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Pa January 20th 1840
My Dear and beloved
I recieved a letter from which cheared my heart to learn that my Family was all alive yet my heart mourns for those who have been taken from us but not without hope for I shall see them again and be with them therefore we can be more reconciled to the dealings of God I am now makeing all haste to arange my business to start for home I feel very anxious to see you all once more in this world the time seems long that I am deprived of your sosiety but the lord being my helper I will not be much longer I am determined to start for home in a few dayes our business I expect is before the house of congress now and I shall start for in a few days and from there home as soon as posible I am filled with constant anxiety and shall be until I git home I pray God to spare you all untill I git home my dear my heart is intwined arround you and those little ones I want you to remember me tell all children that I love them and will come home as soon as soon as I can yours in the bonds of love your Husband utill [until] Death &c—
Joseph Smith Jr
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