ASAEL SMITH'S LETTER, Page 9
The text of the letter located in the right column was taken from Richard Lloyd Anderson, Joseph Smith's New England Heritage, 124-129.
relieve, succor, help and admonish one another. And while your mother lives, meet
her if possible once every year. When she is dead, pitch on some other place, if it
may be, your elder brother's house; or if you cannot meet, send to and hear from each
other yearly and oftener if you can. And when you have neither father nor mother left, be
so many fathers and mothers to each other, so you shall understand the blessing mentioned
in the 133 Psalm.
As to Your Estates: Be not troubled that you are below your kindred. Get more wisdom, humility and virtue, and you are above them--only do this. Deal with your hearts to make them less. Begin low, join together to help one another. Rest upon the promises which are many and precious this way. Love mercy, and have mercy on yourselves and on on[e] another, and I know I know, I say, and I am confident in it, that if you will trust God in his own way, he will make comfortable provisions for you. Make no more objections, but trust him.
For the Public: Bless God that you live in a land of liberty, and bear yourselves dutifully and conscionably towards the authority under which