The letter, from Alexander Greig to a "Mr. Jeffery," is about a trip that Greig took to the west with a friend to see about his setting up a doctor's practice somewhere. He provides a brief, paragraph-long description of Nauvoo, which they passed through. "The People however [despite the Prophet's recent death] seemed perfectly quiet, and tranquil. The city looked rather miserabl[e] a great many small houses clustered together on a small Mississippi bottom many of which required eminently the assistance of paint and white wash. The grand temple loomed up in the distance, presenting a fair contrast with the small unhealthy buildings of the town." Grieg is writing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Mr. Jeffrey is in Canandaigua, New York. August 1844.