Letter from Hyrum Smith, 2 January 1840

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Handcock Co. Illinois Jany 2, 1840
To Joseph Smith Junr. and
Dear Bretheren
It is with feelings of no ordinary Kind that I write to you at this time in answer to the letters with which we were favoured. Your letters were truly interesting, and were read with great interest by the Bretheren here, as well as by myself— We were truly glad to hear of your safe arrival in the City of — Your interview with his Excellency the , and the steps you have since taken for the furtherance of the object you have undertaken to accomplish, and for which you have left the— endearments of home, and the society of your friends.
The mission on which you are engaged is certainly an important one, and which every saint of God, as well as every one whose breast beats high with those patriotick feelings which purchased our national freedom must take a deep interest in—
And although there may be many who do not value your labors— their sectarian prejudices being greater than their love for truth and the constitution of our : yet there are a many who will undoubtedly appreciate your services, and will feel it a pleasure to assist you all that they possibly can.
Conscious of the righteousness of your cause— having having the prayer of the saints (amongst whom are many who have shared with you the trials persecutions & imprisonment, which have been heaped upon the saints of ) and [p. 91] having the approval of Heaven, I would say, go on dear Bretheren in the name of the Lord, and while you are pleading the cause of the Widdow and the Fatherless, may He who has promised to be a Father to the Fatherless and a husband to the Widdow bless you in your undertaking and arm you with sufficient streng[t]h for the herculean task in which you are engaged: Your exertions will be seconded by the Bretheren in this region, who are desposed to do all they possibly can.
I had just got ready to start for when I received your letter, I no sooner read it than I abandoned the idea of going there. I then made exertions to obtain funds for you in this place; but not being able to get any, and hearing there were bretheren in lately from ; I started off the following day and succeeded in obtaining from Bro. Herringshaw three hundred Dollars which I deposited with Messrs Holems & co Merchants in , subject to the order of Judge [Richard M.] Young, the reason why I deposited it with them was in consequence of the Banks not doing any business and refusing to take deposits &c—
I hope that we shall be able to raise you some more soon: Bro has promised to let us have one hundred Dollars as soon as he gets a remittance from the East, which he expects daily. We have not been able to get much on the City lots since you left, not more than enough to pay some wages for surveying and a few debts. Bro. returned the subscription paper a few days ago, stating that he had not collected any thing on the same since you left, In consequence of my health which has been poor and the coldness of the weather I have not been able to attend to it myself. I hardly think we shall be able to raise the one thousand dollars for Mr by the time he will expect it. is yet in ; not being able to move in consequence of the low stages of water in the ohio river. I received a letter lately from , stating that he was in City of had published [p. 92] another edition of his Book<​s​> of Mormon and wanted permition to print and edition of the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants &c with a periodical similar to the [“]Times and Seasons” stating that ther were men who had means, that would assist in these things. He likewise wanted to get priviledge for the to print the Book of Mormon &c in Europe. I wrote in reply that if there were any of the Brethern— disposed to aid, and had means to spare for such purposes to send them to this place, so that not only this place might be benefited, but that the Books might come out under your immediate inspection.
I am afraid some have been induced to tarry and assist in these undertakings; and had made arrangements with to assist in liquidating the debts, I want a Letter as from you Bro. Joseph, as soon as possible, giving me all the instruction you think necessary. I feel the burthen in your absence is great. expresses a a great desire to go to along with , who has promised to pay his and s expenses. Would you think it advisable for them to go or not. The met a few days ago and took your second letter into consideration and passed some resolutions on the subject: appointed committees to get certificates for land, and to get all other information they could— some have gone to and others to different places— We shall forward from time to [time] the information you desire. You will receive enclosed in this a number of Duplicates for land from and others— The is frosen up; the weather is very cold & a great quantity of snow is on the ground and has been for some time. Your family is in tolerable good health excepting one or two. having the chills occasionally.
desires me to inform you, that and Hose have drove into a large quantity of Hogs. They are now engaged [p. 93] in Slaughtering them. I think there will be a good deal of trade carried on in this line another year. You may expect to hear from us soon again. I sent you a copy of the deposit I made to Holmes & Co. which I hope you will receive safe
I am very affectionately
We have concluded not to send any duplicates in this letter. The pac[k]ages of <​dup​>licates <​will​> be directed to , thinking they will come more safe to his address [p. 94]