History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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gave you, in ’s last letter to you with  respect to answering your letters, we now commence,  after giving thanks to our heavenly Father for every  expression of his goodness in preserving our un profitable lives to the present time, and the  health and other blessings, which we now enjoy  through his mercies.
With joy we received your general Epistle,  written the 26th. of February, which contained the  confession of our brethren concerned, all of which  was to our entire satisfaction. It was read by  the brethren in with feelings of the deep est interest, knowing as we did, that the anger  of the Lord was kindled against you, and nothing,  but repentance, of the greatest humility, would turn  it away; and I will assure you that expressions  of joy burned on every countenance when they  saw that our Epistle, and the revelation was  received by our brethren in Zion, and it had  had its desired effect.
For your satisfaction I insert here a reve lation given to , the 15th. of March,  1833, constituting him a member of the ,  -[See revelation]- <Millenial Star vol 14 page 428> With respect to ’s letter of the  10th. December, I would say to him; firstly, we  received the letter with this conviction, that he  wrote it in all sincerity of his heart; and we were  pleased with the style, and composition; but, upon  mature reflection, and enquiry at the hand of the  Lord we find some things that are unreconcilable,  especially to some; I mean with respect to hints given,  that are not clearly explained. As every letter that  comes from Zion, must go the rounds of the brethren  for inspection, it is necessary that there should be no  disguise in them, but that every subject written  from brethren should be plain to the understanding  of all, that no jealousy may be raised: and when  we rebuke, do it in all meekness. The letter written  the 24th. of February was not written in that contrition [p. 288]
gave you, in ’s last letter to you with respect to answering your letters, we now commence, after giving thanks to our heavenly Father for every expression of his goodness in preserving our unprofitable lives to the present time, and the health and other blessings, which we now enjoy through his mercies.
With joy we received your general Epistle, written the 26th. of February, which contained the confession of our brethren concerned, all of which was to our entire satisfaction. It was read by the brethren in with feelings of the deepest interest, knowing as we did, that the anger of the Lord was kindled against you, and nothing, but repentance, of the greatest humility, would turn it away; and I will assure you that expressions of joy burned on every countenance when they saw that our Epistle, and the revelation was received by our brethren in Zion, and it had had its desired effect.
For your satisfaction I insert here a revelation given to , the 15th. of March, 1833, constituting him a member of the , -[See revelation]- Millenial Star vol 14 page 428 With respect to ’s letter of the 10th. December, I would say to him; firstly, we received the letter with this conviction, that he wrote it in all sincerity of his heart; and we were pleased with the style, and composition; but, upon mature reflection, and enquiry at the hand of the Lord we find some things that are unreconcilable, especially to some; I mean with respect to hints given, that are not clearly explained. As every letter that comes from Zion, must go the rounds of the brethren for inspection, it is necessary that there should be no disguise in them, but that every subject written from brethren should be plain to the understanding of all, that no jealousy may be raised: and when we rebuke, do it in all meekness. The letter written the 24th. of February was not written in that contrition [p. 288]
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