Letter from Sidney Rigdon, 3 April 1840

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April 3d. 1840
Bro. J. Smith Jr.
Dear Sir, I thought I would occupy, a portion of this morning in writing to you— by a letter received from yesterday, I have learned that the Senate has decided, that they have no constitutional right to interfere in the case between us and the people of ; & refer us to the Courts for redress; either those of or the, Now I am confident, that there is but one person in , that we can see [sue?] with safety, and that is , and he is known to be a bankrupt, and unable to pay his debts, that if we should see him, we will have the cost to pay, as he has nothing to pay it, [p. 125] with, we are therefore left to bear the loss without redress at present
is on the way home, and has been for ten days, he obtained money from , to what amount I cannot say, but he will be able to tell you when he gets home— The Judge continues his friendship, and is ready, to accommodate with money, whenever called for— Shurely he is a friend indeed, and ought never to be forgotten. I am up to this time without means to get home; but I have no uneasiness abo[u]t it. I shall doub<​t​>less get means as soon as my health will admit of my going.
My health is slowly improving, and I, think if I have no relaps, I will be able to leave for home some time in the month of May. I have not had a chill for about four weeks, my appetite is quite good, and my food sits well on my stomach, and digests well, but there are the remains, by spells, of that foulness of stomach, which has troubled me so much; and those morbid sensations, which were the cause the cause of it, my feet and legs swell every afternoon, considerably.
There is a great excitement got up here by about going to , a number from are going immediately. Now it is my opinion that this is an unwise movement: large purchases have been made there for the Saints, and if they should fail to purchase, it will leave us in difficulty. Grate complaints are made and making against in , about his getting drunk. It is said that he and took a real drunken scrape together, and that he went into the Pulpit and preached, when he was so drunk, that he could scarcely stand: these reports come from defferent persons, and I suspect they are true; and they ought not to go unreproved.
I wish you would say to my family, that on yesterday I had a letter from , dated [p. 126] at bemont, he is well. You may also say to them that the prospect of my speedy restoration to health, is flattering at present; and that I will be there, as soon as I think my health sufficient for the journey. I expect to return to , week after next, and will not tarry one day longer that I think my health requires.
My company is all gone, & am entirely alone; but it is all right, there is no blame, I should have been very glad to have been at the Conference; but as I cannot, I repine not.
Beleive me Your br. in the hope of eternal life as ever
Elder J. Smith jr. [p. 127]