Letter to Joseph L. Heywood, 13 February 1844

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Feby 13th. 1844
I sit down at this time to acknowledge the receipt of, and reciprocate the friendly feelings manifest in, yours of the 7th. inst, and although surrounded by a press of business shall take pleasure in spending a few moments to reply.
I would take the greatest pleasure imaginable in coming down to on a visit to see you and all my friends in your would business & circumstances permit, but it would be a matter of impossibility almost for me leave here home at the present time in consequence of a multitude of business which I have daily to attend to; Moreover wisdom and prudence seem to forbid my coming on account of the bitter feeling which manifests itself in various places between this and , not that I have any apprehensions for my personal safety, for the same kind hand which hath hitherto been my shield and support would save me from the power of my wicked persecutors but you know something might grow out of it which would prompt my adversaries to get out another illegal writ and would eventually probably cost me <​some​> three or four thousand dollars as in other cases and under which I have still to labor to disadvantage Under these considerations therefore, I am compelled to decline paying you a visit for the present, at the same [p. [1]] time in connexion with I tender my warmest acknowledgements for the invitation.
I am pleased to hear of the prosperity of your branch and hope it will continue, for although I never feel to force my doctrines (or rather the doctrines revealed to me of God) upon any person I rejoice to see prejudice give way to truth, and the traditions of men dispersed by the pure principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I should be pleased to have the privilege of forming an acquaintance with your partner Mr Kimball and his lady, and should they ever come up this way I hope they will call and see me
As respects things in I have nothing to say but good. Although the mobocrats of this breath out their shame with a continual foam and threaten extermination &c the citizens of are at peace, they fear no danger for the sound <​report​> of mobs have become so common, that the Mormons pay no attention to it whatever. Each man minds his own business and all are making improvements as fast as they can. In fact things in general seem prosperous and pleasing and I never saw a better feeling amongst the saints than at the present time.
My family have been some sick of late but are now <​and continue​> improving in health and are out of danger <​so, especially my youngest boy​>—
Accept dear Sir my the warmest respects & of myself and & please present the same to your lady in the remain mean time I remain your friend and brother
Joseph Smith [p. [2]]
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Feby 13— 1844
Feb 13. 1844
Joseph Smith to


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    Docket in handwriting of William Clayton and Leo Hawkins.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Leo Hawkins.