Letter from Parley P. Pratt, 13 March 1842

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March 13th 1842
Dear Brethren President Smith and the twelve, I Drop you a hasty line to Inform you that Br sets sail tomorrow Morning for With the Ship Hanover, 230 passengers. He is Coming on a visit, and on Buisiness, and I Can, with all Confidence Recomend him to you as an honest, prudent and trustworthy man Who has the Building up of and the gathering of the People at heart.
Some Merchants here entirely unconnected with the Church have advanced us about 3,000 Dollars in Gold to Buy flour in , and vicinity to ship Back here for the supply of Our ships and other ships next fall and Winter. We have Laid out about 2000 Dollars in Wollens, Merinoes, Delanes [delaines], Muslins, and the most sale[a]ble goods, purchased at the Lowest Cash terms in the Market, will Bring these and some Gold to in Order to make an immediate exchange for flour, and some Wheat. to Bring Back with him, to be here by the first of September next, at Which time he must be here to attend to Emigration as no one can fill his place, as it takes much experience as well as care and prudence to Charter and fit up a ship and provision for Emigrants.
He also wishes to Cooperate with you in the Establishment of an Agent in , and a provision for River Navigation, as We now almost hold the keys of the port of [p. [1]] In regard to Emigrating to the western States, and Shall <​[illegible] it so, more fully,​> quite, by Next fall if God will, as our plan is so far superior Superior to all others in this Buisiness. We shall no doubt send some 5000 or 6000 passengers next fall and Winter to . and if you will you may hire Boats and take them all up the your selves. and be sure that arrangments are made for them not to touch at . An emigration officer and Agent Who is a faithful and trustworthy man is Greatly needed at .
Now Dear Brethren, if you can Manage to supply this plan and take the goods and gold, and send back by the first Sept I am shure it Will be a great advantage to you; but if not, please be so kind as to assist and advice him Where, and who to Deal with. Our own ships for emigra Emigrants, Will consume several hundred Barels of flour on Ship B[o]ard, next fall and Winter. for Inst We Buy some fifty Barrels of Bread thus far this Ship and It is the sixth ship we have sent this season.
Dear Breth[re]n, we are all well and prospering exceedingly; the power of god is With us in all this . thousands are awaking to the truth, We are continually doing for the , and I expect if the Lord will to Come to next Spring with all the means We can muster, to be laid out in Lands and Building. is in , and Was Well on the 18th January. [p. [2]]
I am pr[i]nting his account of the mission to and Will send a Coppy next week to be Reprinted by you. Elder G[eorge] J, Adams has been to sea ten weeks and is Blown Back to this port. With the Conversion of many of the Ship Company. he will sail again tuesday next for . he is well. I think I shall send this line by him.
Great War in India, the British army is Slaughtered by the natives.
Great Distress in , thousands are looking to us and our god for Deliverance, and flocking to our ships for the Land of Joseph, Both Baptised and unbaptised.
In haste I Remain Yours in the N, C, [new and everlasting covenant]
P, S,
has safely arived, and is Doing good.
I Rec’d a line from three of the twelve Dated feb 1st Josephs translating Room for Which I feel thankful. and shall be glad to assist in arrangements, for the temporal or Spiritual good of the cause, Both sides of the water.
Excuse this hasty Line and good night, God Bless you All. [p. [3]]
Mr Joseph Smith, or Mr
, ,
Hancock Co, Ill,
United States
Emigration office Office and publishing office
36 Chapel St ,
to which all Lette[r]s mail’d be addressed. [p. [4]]