Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 April 1831

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man he also says that we have put more into the  during the short time we we were permited to be with them  (which was but a few days[)] then all the devels in the infernal  pit and and and all the men on earth can get out of them in  four generations he tells me that, that evry Nation  have now the name of Nephy who is the son of Nephi  & handed down to this very generation, there is only a  part of that Nation here now but the remainder are  expected this spring the principle chief says he believes  evry word of the Book & there are many <more> in the Nation  who believe and we understand there are many among the  Shawnees who also believe & we trust that when the  Lord shall open the <our> way we shall have glorious times  for truly my brethren my heart sorrows for them  for they are cast out & dispised and know not  the God in whom they should trust we have traveld  about in this country considerable and proclaimed  repentence and very <many> are very anxious serious &  honest, & started this day to go to  across the to preach by request  and & are together and will hold  a meeting next Sunday at the house we are  teaching school for we concluded that we were  able and also willing to Labour with our hands  for our support but while we do this we  do not forget the ministry and are thankful  that our heavenly Father has endowed us with  faculties to do this for our support <the agent for> The Laman ites is very strict with us and we think some what strenuous respecting our having liberty  to visit our brethren the Lamanites but we  trust that when our brother returns we  shall have a permit from General [William] Clark who  is the Superintendent of Indian affairs west  of the who must have a reccommend  or security before he can give a permit for any [p. 11]
man he also says that we have put more into the during the short time we we were permited to be with them (which was but a few days) then all the devels in the infernal pit and and and all the men on earth can get out of them in four generations he tells me that, that evry Nation have now the name of Nephy who is the son of Nephi & handed down to this very generation, there is only a part of that Nation here now but the remainder are expected this spring the principle chief says he believes evry word of the Book & there are many more in the Nation who believe and we understand there are many among the Shawnees who also believe & we trust that when the Lord shall open our way we shall have glorious times for truly my brethren my heart sorrows for them for they are cast out & dispised and know not the God in whom they should trust we have traveld about in this country considerable and proclaimed repentence and many are very serious & honest, & started this day to go across the to preach by request and & are together and will hold a meeting next Sunday at the house we are teaching school for we concluded that we were able and also willing to Labour with our hands for our support but while we do this we do not forget the ministry and are thankful that our heavenly Father has endowed us with faculties to do this for our support the agent for The Lamanites is very strict with us and we think somewhat strenuous respecting our having liberty to visit our brethren the Lamanites but we trust that when our brother returns we shall have a permit from General [William] Clark who is the Superintendent of Indian affairs west of the who must have a reccommend or security before he can give a permit for any [p. 11]
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