ASAEL SMITH'S LETTER, Page 8
The text of the letter located in the right column was taken from Richard Lloyd Anderson, Joseph Smith's New England Heritage, 124-129.
|that they may be
useful in their generation. Give them if possible a good education. If nature
hath made no difference, do you make none in your affections, countenances nor portions;
partiality this way begets envy, hatred, strife and contention.
And as for yourselves within yourselves:
My desire hath been to carry an even hand towards you all, and I have labored to reduce you as near as I could (all circumstances considered) to an equality. And therefore, my last request and charge is that you will live together in an undivided bond of love. You are many of you, and if you join together as one man, you need not want anything. What counsel, what comfort, what money, what friends may you not help yourselves unto, if you will all as one contribute your aids. Wherefore my dear children, I pray, beseech, and adjure you by all the relations and dearness that hath ever been betwixt us and by the heart-rending pangs of a dying father, whose soul hath been ever bound in the bundle of life with yours, that you know one another. Visit (as you may) each other.