Letter from John E. Page, 1 September 1841

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that I think cannot be removed better than to change the Presidency this is not saying which is wrong or which is write— but my humble opinion is that has not been as wise in all things as he might have been and I presume the members have of the Branch have not looked on the course and conduct of — in that charitable light that they might do— — is very sanguine and unyealding in his course of econemy concerning matters and things in the church— and there are some of the members of the same propencity and those of the first class of respectibility in the Branch— so I think that all that is strictly ne[ce]ssary to be done is that the Branch have a new President there is yet a great work to be done in this there is many additions made to the Branch almost every week and many who are fully convinced of the truth <of the> faith who only stay back for the sake of a popular name and some say to me that they will not join while Presides of so I think to change the Pastors it will maker fatter calves—
I will here give you the plain sentiment of my heart as it really is before God without dissimilation or varnishing for the better or for the worse and trust providence for the event whether it throws me high or throws me low concerning — I will do him Justice in all things he is an efficient man for the place he is in and more compitent than myself to perform the mishion apointed him— I shall therfore <neither> say nor do any thing to lay a hindering cause before him in his mishion I hope the God of Isreal will bear him conquerer through to perform his mishion for the good of — But to Justice also to myself I must say and I will indipendantly say that from his course of conduct with me in his treatment to me in assumeing over me as tho I was not of as much importance as himself— I do not want to neither will I seek to accompyny him in the ministry <only by positive commandment of the Lord—> [p. 7]
that I think cannot be removed better than to change the Presidency this is not saying which is wrong or which is write— but my humble opinion is that has not been as wise in all things as he might have been and I presume the members of the Branch have not looked on the course and conduct of — in that charitable light that they might do— — is very sanguine and unyealding in his course of econemy concerning matters and things in the church— and there are some of the members of the same propencity and those of the first class of respectibility in the Branch— so I think that all that is strictly necessary to be done is that the Branch have a new President there is yet a great work to be done in this there is many additions made to the Branch almost every week and many who are fully convinced of the truth of the faith who only stay back for the sake of a popular name and some say to me that they will not join while Presides so I think to change the Pastors it will maker fatter calves—
I will here give you the plain sentiment of my heart as it really is before God without dissimilation or varnishing for the better or for the worse and trust providence for the event whether it throws me high or throws me low concerning — I will do him Justice in all things he is an efficient man for the place he is in and more compitent than myself to perform the mishion apointed him— I shall therfore neither say nor do any thing to lay a hindering cause before him in his mishion I hope the God of Isreal will bear him conquerer through to perform his mishion for the good of — But to Justice also to myself I must say and I will indipendantly say that from his course of conduct with me in his treatment to me in assumeing over me as tho I was not of as much importance as himself— I do not want to neither will I seek to accompyny him in the ministry only by positive commandment of the Lord— [p. 7]
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