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Edward Partridge-Letter To His Wife

Jackson County,

August 5, 1831

Dear Wife,

You will perceive by the commandments received here (which our brethren will carry home) that brothers Morley, Correll and Phelps and myself are to plant ourselves and our families here as soon as consistent, you will likewise perceive that we are left to our own agreement how we will manage about getting our families here. Brother Gilbert and Phelps think they must return to procure the necessaries for their establishments. And as Brother Gilbert or I rest be here to attend the sales in December and not knowing that he can get back by that time I have thought it advisable to stay here for the present, contrary to my expectations. It is expected by Brothers Correll and Phelps that they shall return this fall to their tend with Gilbert’s family and if you can get ready and come with them (together with Brother Morley’s family and Brother Corrells, although Brother Correll has not yet arrived) it will probably be for the basic. If you should come with them, I may never go again to that land, except the settlement of my affairs should demand it, and should ved come or not, and my affairs need me there, and Brother Gilbert arrives in time, I can return this winter, and back here in the spring.

We cannot get very well prepared for houses this fall, and if I knew that I should go back this winter, for your comfort and convenience. I would rather you should stay and come with me in the spring. But this I shall leave to your own discretion and the advice of friends. I will now give you can idea of things to fetch and things in leave or sell. Here follows in particular domestic matters: "Samuel H. Smith and Brother Calhoon arrived last night, baptized none on the way. When I left Painesville, I told people I was coming back and bade none a farewell but for a short time, consequently I feel a great desire to return once more, and bid your connexion (sic) and my friends and acquaintances and eternal farewell, unless they should be willing to forsake all for the sake of Christ, and be gathered with the saints of the most high God.

We have to suffer and shall for some time, many privations here which you and I have not been much used for years. I hardly know what to advise you about coming this fall. I should like to have you come with Brother Phelps’, Morleys’ and Corrells’ families even this fall, but were a number of families coming in the spring so that you could come as cheap, you would be far better accommodated there than here, but I should advise our brethren to stay there until commanded to move…

Our brethren here have begun a house, but we proceed slowly for we have had to work to great disadvantages, those who come from the east are all crowded into two small log houses. Old Mrs. Knight is very long, probably will not live long. Last Thursday we had conference, and a number are to start back immediately, when the rest arrive we are to hold another conference. Brothers Morley and Correll will not return, and if Brother Seth Griffin feels to stay here, I suppose he will, for they want his work. Our Brethren here are in general good health and spirits. I have a strong desire to return to Painesville this fall but must not. You know I stand in an important station, and as I am occasionally chastened I sometimes fear my station is above what I can perform to the acceptance of my Heavenly Father. I hope you and I may conduct ourselves as at last to rank our souls in the heaven of eternal rest. Pray that I may not fall. I might write more but must not, farewell for the present.

Edward Partridge.