History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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  • Historical Introduction
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<May 21 Feelings of the Jews> the innocent blood of your parents, for no harm have we inflicted upon you, we are not conscious of any guilt against you; but at all times we thought it our duty to shew to you, our [HC 3:356] first born, all love and goodness. I thought I should have some cheering account of you, but alas! how terribly have I been disappointed! But to be short, your outward circumstances are such that you may finish your study or pain. Do you think that the Christians to whom you will go over, by changing your religion will support you, and fill up the place of our fellow believers? Do not imagine that; your outward reasons therefore if you have any are nothing. But out of true persuasion you will, as I think, not change our true and holy doctrine, for that deceitful, untrue, and perverse doctrine of Christianity. What? will you give up a pearl, for that which is nothing— which is of no value in itself? But you are light minded; think of the last judgment,— of that day when the books will be opened and hidden things will be made manifest; of that day when death will approach you in a narrow pass, when you cannot go out of the way! Think of your death bed from which you will not rise any more, — — — — — — — — but from which you will be called before the judgment seat of the Lord! Do you not know, have you not heard, that there is over you an all hearing ear, and an all seeing eye? that all your deeds will be written in a book and judged hereafter? Who shall then assist you when the Lord will ask you with a thundering voice, why hast thou forsaken that holy law which shall have an eternal value; which was given by my Servant Moses and no man shall change it? Why hast thou forsaken that law and accepted instead of it, lying and vanity? Come therefore again to yourself, my Son! Remove your bad and wicked Councellors; follow my advise, and the Lord will be with you! Your tender Father must conclude because of weeping. A. L. Landau. Rabbi.” [HC 3:357]
22 May 1839 • Wednesday
<22> “, Illinois, May 22. 1839— Sir— In answer to yours of the 23rd. April to we have to say that we shall feel obliged by your not making yourself officious concerning any part of our business in future. We shall be glad if you can make <off> a living by minding your own affairs, and we desire (so far as you are concerned) to be left to manage ours as well as we can. We would much rather lose our properties, than be molested by [HC 3:358] such interference, and as we consider that we have experienced much over officiousness at your hand, concerning men and things pertaining to our concerns, we now request once for all, that you will avoid all interference, in our business or affairs, from this time henceforth and for ever. Amen. Joseph Smith Jr.— To — [HC 3:359]
<Prisoners removed from > A bill of indictment having been found by a grand Jury of the Mob in against , Morris Phelps, and for Murder, and for Robbery, and having obtained a change of venue to , they were handcuffed together two by two on the morning of [p. 942]
May 21 Feelings of the Jews the innocent blood of your parents, for no harm have we inflicted upon you, we are not conscious of any guilt against you; but at all times we thought it our duty to shew to you, our [HC 3:356] first born, all love and goodness. I thought I should have some cheering account of you, but alas! how terribly have I been disappointed! But to be short, your outward circumstances are such that you may finish your study or pain. Do you think that the Christians to whom you will go over, by changing your religion will support you, and fill up the place of our fellow believers? Do not imagine that; your outward reasons therefore if you have any are nothing. But out of true persuasion you will, as I think, not change our true and holy doctrine, for that deceitful, untrue, and perverse doctrine of Christianity. What? will you give up a pearl, for that which is nothing— which is of no value in itself? But you are light minded; think of the last judgment,— of that day when the books will be opened and hidden things will be made manifest; of that day when death will approach you in a narrow pass, when you cannot go out of the way! Think of your death bed from which you will not rise any more, — — — — — — — — but from which you will be called before the judgment seat of the Lord! Do you not know, have you not heard, that there is over you an all hearing ear, and an all seeing eye? that all your deeds will be written in a book and judged hereafter? Who shall then assist you when the Lord will ask you with a thundering voice, why hast thou forsaken that holy law which shall have an eternal value; which was given by my Servant Moses and no man shall change it? Why hast thou forsaken that law and accepted instead of it, lying and vanity? Come therefore again to yourself, my Son! Remove your bad and wicked Councellors; follow my advise, and the Lord will be with you! Your tender Father must conclude because of weeping. A. L. Landau. Rabbi.” [HC 3:357]
22 May 1839 • Wednesday
22 “, Illinois, May 22. 1839— Sir— In answer to yours of the 23rd. April to we have to say that we shall feel obliged by your not making yourself officious concerning any part of our business in future. We shall be glad if you can make off a living by minding your own affairs, and we desire (so far as you are concerned) to be left to manage ours as well as we can. We would much rather lose our properties, than be molested by [HC 3:358] such interference, and as we consider that we have experienced much over officiousness at your hand, concerning men and things pertaining to our concerns, we now request once for all, that you will avoid all interference, in our business or affairs, from this time henceforth and for ever. Amen. Joseph Smith Jr.— To — [HC 3:359]
Prisoners removed from A bill of indictment having been found by a grand Jury of the Mob in against , Morris Phelps, and for Murder, and for Robbery, and having obtained a change of venue to , they were handcuffed together two by two on the morning of [p. 942]
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