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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<April 10 ’s Letter> shall be happy to grant you the desire of your hearts; I am ready to act. Please to give me all the intelligence that is in your power. If you take a change of venue please to let me know what County you will come to, and when, as near as possible and what road you will come, for I shall be an Adder in the path. Yes my Dear Brethren, God Almighty will deliver you, fear not, for your redemption draweth near, the day of your deliverance is at hand. Dear Brethren I have it in my heart to lay my body in the Sand or deliver you from your bonds, and my mind is intensely fixed on the latter. Dear Brethren you will be able to judge of the Spirit that actuates my breast, for when I realize your sufferings my heart is like wax before the fire, but when I reflect upon the cause of your afflictions, it is like fire in my bones, and burns against your enemies to the bare hilt, and I never can be satisfied while there is one of them to piss against a wall, or draw a sword, or spring a trigger; for my sword never has been sheathed in peace; for the blood of , and those who were butchered at crieth for vengeance from the ground therefore hear O ye heavens, and record it, Oh! ye recording Angels, bear the tidings ye flaming Seraphs, that I from this day declare myself the Avenger of the blood of those innocent men, and of the innocent cause of Zion and of her Prisoners, and I will not rest until they are as free who are in Prison as I am.
Your families are all well and in good Spirits. May the Lord bless you all, Amen. Brs , and W. Barlow join in saying our hearts are as thy heart. Br. Joseph if my Spirit is wrong, for God’s sake correct it— Brethren be of good cheer, for we are determined as God liveth to rescue you from that hellish crowd, or die in the furrow. We shall come face fore most— .
N. B. S. B. Crockett (I have been once driven but not whipped) Br. sends his best respects to you all—
11 April 1839 • Thursday
<11 ’s Letter> “Thursday 11. .— After reading a line from you to myself, and one to which [HC 3:313] awakens all the feelings of tenderness and brotherly affection that one heart is capable of containing, I sit down in haste to answer it; My health and that of my family is good, and have been very sick but are getting better. Your families are in better health now that at any other period since your confinement. I am in hopes that my letter did not increase your trouble, for I know that your affliction is too great for human nature to bear, and if I did not know that there was a God in Heaven, and that his promises are sure and faithful, and that he is your friend in the midst of all your trouble, I would fly to your relief, and either be with you in Prison, or see you breathe free air, air too that had not been inhaled and corrupted by a pack of ruffians, who trample upon virtue and innocence with impunity, and are not even satisfied with the property and blood of the Saints, but must exult over the dead. You both have my prayers, my influence, and warmest feelings with a fixed determination, if it should so be, that you should be destroyed, to avenge your blood four fold. Joseph must excuse me [p. 917]
April 10 ’s Letter shall be happy to grant you the desire of your hearts; I am ready to act. Please to give me all the intelligence that is in your power. If you take a change of venue please to let me know what County you will come to, and when, as near as possible and what road you will come, for I shall be an Adder in the path. Yes my Dear Brethren, God Almighty will deliver you, fear not, for your redemption draweth near, the day of your deliverance is at hand. Dear Brethren I have it in my heart to lay my body in the Sand or deliver you from your bonds, and my mind is intensely fixed on the latter. Dear Brethren you will be able to judge of the Spirit that actuates my breast, for when I realize your sufferings my heart is like wax before the fire, but when I reflect upon the cause of your afflictions, it is like fire in my bones, and burns against your enemies to the bare hilt, and I never can be satisfied while there is one of them to piss against a wall, or draw a sword, or spring a trigger; for my sword never has been sheathed in peace; for the blood of , and those who were butchered at crieth for vengeance from the ground therefore hear O ye heavens, and record it, Oh! ye recording Angels, bear the tidings ye flaming Seraphs, that I from this day declare myself the Avenger of the blood of those innocent men, and of the innocent cause of Zion and of her Prisoners, and I will not rest until they are as free who are in Prison as I am.
Your families are all well and in good Spirits. May the Lord bless you all, Amen. Brs , and W. Barlow join in saying our hearts are as thy heart. Br. Joseph if my Spirit is wrong, for God’s sake correct it— Brethren be of good cheer, for we are determined as God liveth to rescue you from that hellish crowd, or die in the furrow. We shall come face fore most— .
N. B. S. B. Crockett (I have been once driven but not whipped) Br. sends his best respects to you all—
11 April 1839 • Thursday
11 ’s Letter “Thursday 11. .— After reading a line from you to myself, and one to which [HC 3:313] awakens all the feelings of tenderness and brotherly affection that one heart is capable of containing, I sit down in haste to answer it; My health and that of my family is good, and have been very sick but are getting better. Your families are in better health now that at any other period since your confinement. I am in hopes that my letter did not increase your trouble, for I know that your affliction is too great for human nature to bear, and if I did not know that there was a God in Heaven, and that his promises are sure and faithful, and that he is your friend in the midst of all your trouble, I would fly to your relief, and either be with you in Prison, or see you breathe free air, air too that had not been inhaled and corrupted by a pack of ruffians, who trample upon virtue and innocence with impunity, and are not even satisfied with the property and blood of the Saints, but must exult over the dead. You both have my prayers, my influence, and warmest feelings with a fixed determination, if it should so be, that you should be destroyed, to avenge your blood four fold. Joseph must excuse me [p. 917]
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