Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

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we have many things we would gladly say to you did time permit, & were we not afraid of wearyi[n]g your patience, but, brethren, bear with us a little further, we beseech of you, for we want to tell you a little of what we have done, & ask a few question, & for your patience you shall have our feeble prayers that our heavenly father will multiply his blessings unto you.
According to council we have gatherd from different parts of & Scotland, more than 600 of the <a company of the> Breth[re]n, most of whom are very poor <and sisters> who are now in ready to sail for on Mo[n]day next. Most of them are very poor; Those who had money have given most of it to help those who had none need, but as this was not sufficient; we, seeing the poverty & distress of some families, have made use of our own credit, <among the brothers> to carry them along with the rest, It was the decision of the in July that should lead this company to , & he goes accordingly.—
Brethren, our hearts are pained with the poverty & misery of this people. & we have done all we could to help as many off as possible, to a land where th[e]y may get a morsel of bread, & serve God according to his appontmt [appointment]; & we have done it cheerfully as unto the Lord, & we desire to ask you have we done right? Or is it <a> right principle, for us to act upon, to involve ourselves, to help the Lords poor <saints> to Zion?
We have heard by the bye that Brothers Joseph & are coming to next season. Is this good news true? May we look for you? [p. 10]
we have many things we would gladly say to you did time permit, & were we not afraid of wearying your patience, but, brethren, bear with us a little further, we beseech of you, for we want to tell you a little of what we have done, & ask a few question, & for your patience you shall have our feeble prayers that our heavenly father will multiply his blessings unto you.
According to council we have gatherd from different parts of & Scotland, a company of the Brethren, and sisters who are now in ready to sail for on Monday next. Most of them are very poor; Those who had money have given most of it to help those who had need, as this was not sufficient; we, seeing the poverty & distress of some families, have made use of our own credit, among the brothers to carry them along with the rest, It was the decision of the in July that should lead this company to , & he goes accordingly.—
Brethren, our hearts are pained with the poverty & misery of this people. & we have done all we could to help as many off as possible, to a land where they may get a morsel of bread, & serve God according to his appontmt [appointment]; & we have done it cheerfully as unto the Lord, & we desire to ask you have we done right? Or is it a right principle, for us to act upon, to involve ourselves, to help the poor saints to Zion?
We have heard by the bye that Brothers Joseph & are coming to next season. Is this good news true? May we look for you? [p. 10]
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