Letter to Hyrum Smith and Nauvoo, Illinois, High Council, 5 December 1839

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Corner of Missouri & 3d. Street,
Dec 5th 1839.
Dear . and to the Honorable of the . To whom be fellowship, love and the peace of Almighty God extended and the prayer of faith forever and <​ever​> Amen, Your fellow labourers, Joseph Smith Jr, and Agents, as well as the servants that are sent by you, to perform one of the most arduous and responsible duties, and also to labour in the most honorable cause that <​ever​> graced the pages of human existance; and respectfully show by these lines, that we have taken up our cross thus far— and that we arrived in this on the morning of the 28th. of November, and spent the most of that day in looking up a boarding house which we succeeded in in finding. We found as cheap boarding as can be had in this city.
On friday morning 29th we proceeded <​to​> the house of the — We found a very large and splendid palace, surrounded with a splendid enclosure decorated with all the fineries and elegancies of this world we went to the door and requested to see the ; when we were immediately introduced into an upper apartment where we met the and were introduced into his parlor, where we presented him with our Letters of introductions;— as soon as he had read one of them, he looked upon us with a kind of half frown and said, what can I do? I can do nothing for you,— if I do any thing, I shall come in contact with the whole State of — But we were not to be intimidated, and demanded a hearing and constitutional rights— Before we left him he promised to reconsider what he had said, and observed that he felt to sympathise with us on account of our sufferings,— Now we shall endeavor to express our feelings and views concerning the , as we have been eye witnesses of his Majesty— He is a small man, sandy complexion, and ordinary features; with [p. 85] frowning brow and considerable body but not well proportioned, as his arms and legs— and to use his own words is quite fat— On the whole we think his he is without boddy or parts, as no one part seems to be proportioned to another— therefore instead of saying boddy and parts we say boddy and part, or partyism if you please to call it, and in fine to come directly to the point, he so much a fop or a fool, (for he judged our cause before he knew it,) we could find no place to put truth into him— We do not <​say​> the Saints shall not vote for him, but we do say boldly, (though it need not be published in the streets of , neither among the daughters of the ,) That we do not intend he shall have our votes—
We have spent the remainder of our time in hunting up the Representatives, in order to get our case brought before the house; in giving them Letters of introductions &c, and in getting acquainted— Meeting, of the delegation of the State of , was appointed to day, to consult for bringing our case before Congress. The Gentlemen from , are worthy men, and have treated <​us​> and have with the greatest kindness, and are ready to do all that is in their power— but you are aware brethren that they with us have all the prejudices, superstition and bigotry of an ignorant generation to contend with, nevertheless we believe our case will be brought before the house, and we will leave the event with God— he is our Judge and the avenger of our wrongs— For a general thing there is but little solidity and honorable deportment among those who are sent here to represent the people; but a great deal of pomposity and show— We left <​and others​> on the road and recd. a Letter this day from them— They were, at the date of a Letter on the 29th. Nov., near Washington of Pa.expecting to stop a day or two at his brothers, on account of his ill health— He has <​occasionally​> a chill yet but is not dangerous— We expect him here soon, and and stand in need of his talents here very much.
We have already commenced forming some very honorable acquaintances— and have thus far been prospered as [p. 86] much as we had anticipated if not more— We have had a pleasing interview with , who proposed to furnish us with expense money—
We can draw on him for funds to publish our book and we want you to raise some more money for us and deposit it in the branch Bank on in to be drawn to the order of .
Send us the amount of the order your deposit, taking a receipt of the same— You need not be afraid to do this, as <​We​> think from the proceeds of the sales of books— We can make it all strait: do therefore be punctual, and attend to this matter; as much depends upon it. We cannot accomplish the things for which we were sent without some funds— You very well know brethren we were contented to start, trusting in God with little or nothing— We have met with but one accident since we started— The lock of our trunk was broken off and Bro. s. petition is missing, but we presume there is a copy of it preserved; if there is you will please forward it immediately, with the name and affidavit affixed to it. For Gods. sake Bretheren be wide awake, and arm us with all the power possible, for now is the time or never— We want you should get all the influential men you can of that section of country of and every other quarter to write letters to the members of Congress, using their influence in our behalf, and to keep their minds constantly upon the subject. Please to forward this to our wives
Yours
in the bonds of the ,
Joseph Smith Jr.
P.S.
Congress has been in session four days and the house of Representatives is not yet organized on account of some seats being contested, in the Delegation. They have this day succeeded [p. 87] in electing to their chair protem; but whether they will git their speaker and clerk chosen is yet unknown, as there is a great deal of wind blown off on the occasion each day— There is such an itching disposition to display their oratory on the most trivial occasions and so much etiquett, bowing and scraping, twisting and turning to, make a display of their witticism that it seems to us rather a display of folly and show more than substance & gravity, such as becomes a great nation like ours. (however there are some exceptions) A warm feeling has been manifested in the discussion of the house to day, and it seems as much confusion as though the nation had already began to be vexed— We came with one of the members from Wheeling to this place, who was drunk but once and that however was all <​most of​> the time; there was but one day but what he could navigate and that day he was keeld. over so he could eat no dinner— The horses ran away with the stage, they ran about 3 miles; several pasengers jumped out and were hurt, bro.r Jos. clum out of the stage— got the lines and stoped the horses, and also saved the life of a lady & child. He was highly commended by the whole company for his great exertions and presence of mind through the whole affair.— jumped out of the stage at a favourable moment, just before they stoped with a view to assist in stop[p]ing them and was but slightly injured— We were not known to the stage company until after our arrival, In our interview with the , He interogated us wherein we differed in our religion from the other religions of the day. Bro, Joseph said we differed in mode of and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the — We considered that all other considerations were contained in the , and we deemed it unnecessary to make many words in preaching the Gospel to him— Suffice it to say he has got our testimony— We watch the Post Office like a Turkey Buzzard <​watches for​> carcase, but have recd no letters from our sections of the Country— Write instantly
Yours with respect
J. S Jr.
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