In a March 15, 1839, letter sent from jail Joseph made significant linkage with his prophet-predecessors: "[but trials] will only give us that knowledge to understand the minds of the Ancients. For my part," wrote Joseph, "I think I never could have felt as I now do if I had not suffered the wrongs that I have suffered." (Writings, p. 387.) It is a rare person who can appreciate such lessons while the lessons are in process; it takes special perspective.