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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<April 10  ’s Letter> prisoners of Jesus Christ and in the same faith of the gospel with myself,  who are holden by the cords of malice, and of hellish plottings against the just  and of the lifting up the heel against the Lord’s anointed, but they shall soon  fall and not rise again, for their destruction is sure, for no power beneath  the Heavens can save them. is wielding a mighty  shaft against the whole Kidney of foul calumniators and mobocrats of  . Yesterday he spent part of the day with of  this , the told him, that he was informed that  was calculating to take out a bench warrant for himself and others,  and then make a demand of his for them to be given up  to be taken back to for trial, and he was assured by that noble  minded hero— that if undertook that thing, he would get himself  insulted; he also assured him that the people called Mormons should  find a permanent protection in this . he also solicited our people  one and all to settle in this , and if there could be a tract of Country  that would suit our convenience, he would use his influence for Congress  to make a grant of it to us, to redress our wrongs, and make up our losses  We met last night in Council of the whole and passed some resolutions  with respect to sending to the City of . We are making  every exertion possible that lays in our power to accomplish that grand  object, upon which hangs our temporal salvation, and interwoven with  this, our Eternal Salvation; and so closely allied to each other are they, that  I want to see the head connected with the Body again, and while we are  enjoying one, let us be ripening for the other: But my heart says where  is he whose lips used to whisper, the words of life to us? Alas! he is in  the hands of Zions enemies. Oh Lord crieth my heart will not Heaven  hear our prayers, and witness our tears! Yes, saith the Spirit thy tears  are all bottled up, and shall speedily be rewarded, with the deliverance  of thy dearly beloved Brethren. But when I see the fearful apprehensions  of some of our brethren, it causes me to mourn, one instance of which I  will mention. When I arrived at , I made my mind known  to some of the community, and I told them that I wanted that they should  send a messenger to the Jail to communicate with you, but I was denied  the privilege. They said that the Presidency was so anxious to be free once  more, that they would not consider the danger that the Church was in.  They met in Council and passed resolutions that , , <&> W. Barlow should leave for forthwith: But my  Spirits have been grieved ever since, so that I can hardly hold my peace;  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — but there is a  God in Israel, that can blast the hellish desires, and infernal designs of  that infernal banditti, whose hands have been embrued in the blood of  Martyrs and Saints: who wish to destroy the Church of God. But their  Chain is short, there is but just enough left to bind their own hands with.  Dear Brethren I am at your service and I wait your Council at and [p. 916]
April 10 ’s Letter prisoners of Jesus Christ and in the same faith of the gospel with myself, who are holden by the cords of malice, and of hellish plottings against the just and of the lifting up the heel against the Lord’s anointed, but they shall soon fall and not rise again, for their destruction is sure, for no power beneath the Heavens can save them. is wielding a mighty shaft against the whole Kidney of foul calumniators and mobocrats of . Yesterday he spent part of the day with of this , the told him, that he was informed that was calculating to take out a bench warrant for himself and others, and then make a demand of his for them to be given up to be taken back to for trial, and he was assured by that noble minded hero— that if undertook that thing, he would get himself insulted; he also assured him that the people called Mormons should find a permanent protection in this . he also solicited our people one and all to settle in this , and if there could be a tract of Country that would suit our convenience, he would use his influence for Congress to make a grant of it to us, to redress our wrongs, and make up our losses We met last night in Council of the whole and passed some resolutions with respect to sending to the City of . We are making every exertion possible that lays in our power to accomplish that grand object, upon which hangs our temporal salvation, and interwoven with this, our Eternal Salvation; and so closely allied to each other are they, that I want to see the head connected with the Body again, and while we are enjoying one, let us be ripening for the other: But my heart says where is he whose lips used to whisper, the words of life to us? Alas! he is in the hands of Zions enemies. Oh Lord crieth my heart will not Heaven hear our prayers, and witness our tears! Yes, saith the Spirit thy tears are all bottled up, and shall speedily be rewarded, with the deliverance of thy dearly beloved Brethren. But when I see the fearful apprehensions of some of our brethren, it causes me to mourn, one instance of which I will mention. When I arrived at , I made my mind known to some of the community, and I told them that I wanted that they should send a messenger to the Jail to communicate with you, but I was denied the privilege. They said that the Presidency was so anxious to be free once more, that they would not consider the danger that the Church was in. They met in Council and passed resolutions that , , & W. Barlow should leave for forthwith: But my Spirits have been grieved ever since, so that I can hardly hold my peace; — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — but there is a God in Israel, that can blast the hellish desires, and infernal designs of that infernal banditti, whose hands have been embrued in the blood of Martyrs and Saints: who wish to destroy the Church of God. But their Chain is short, there is but just enough left to bind their own hands with. Dear Brethren I am at your service and I wait your Council at and [p. 916]
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