Letter from Peter Hess, 16 February 1843

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Feby 16th 1843
Brother  <ov Joseph and the  twelve>
Dr Sir in my previous letter to you  i informed you the church in was united myself and Elder [George J.] Adams calld a  conference to obtain the minds of the bretheren relative to a union the vote been taken  it was Unanimous with Joy i then hastened to inform you the good your visit to the   had done but recent developments has proven that some that voted for that  union Abhorrd the object for which they voted I will now give you a detail of o  what has transpired since your visit to this on Elder Adams return from  he visited when he wanted Elder Adams forthwith to call a confe[re]nce  <and cut of[f]> all the 3d Street membesr [members] that were refractory and would not support the church  at the same time not telling Elder Adams the specific instructions you had given  to the church )to wit) that all former difficulties should never be brought up but  should be buried and never have a resurrection) Elder Adams came to me respecting  the <said> conference i told him i thought it unadvisable thus to cut members  of i then askd the lord that i might know his mind respecting the  course we should pursue when the following was brought to mind that  we had better go and visit those that were considered the refractory party  taking it for granted that the others were all right i then opened my mind to  Elder Adams he told me that he had come to the same conclusions thus it  appeared that God had wrought upon both of our minds to accomplish the  same object we and out we started the first place we visited Sister Nicholson  the object of their wrath we conversed with her upon her own and the church  difficulty generally and found she had a good spirit and was willing to do all  that was requird we Kept on and visited them generally and found they  generally ov[er]all manifested a good spirit an[d] was willing to come and do their  [du]ty which they evidenced by coming forward and have done so till the present  after we had completed our task of visiting then Elder Adams expressd his  astonishment and said that he had heard from one indivual alone more  slander and abuse of the chestnut street and of the chestnut street branch  and you have reason to know who that is) more slander and abuse  than he heard from all the rest put together) one thing i would mention here  Elder Adams and m[y]self thought it advisable that nor Elder Wharton  should officiate as long as Elder Adams was here preaching which thing had been doing by my consent but Elder Wharton had not so much  as been invited when Elder Adams and mself went to and [p. [1]]
Feby 16th 1843
Brother Joseph and the twelve
Dr Sir in my previous letter to you i informed you the church in was united myself and Elder [George J.] Adams calld a conference to obtain the minds of the bretheren relative to a union the vote been taken it was Unanimous with Joy i then hastened to inform you the good your visit to the had done but recent developments has proven that some that voted for that union Abhorrd the object for which they voted I will now give you a detail of o what has transpired since your visit to this on Elder Adams return from he visited when he wanted Elder Adams forthwith to call a conference and cut off all the 3d Street membesr [members] that were refractory and would not support the church at the same time not telling Elder Adams the specific instructions you had given to the church )to wit) that all former difficulties should never be brought up but should be buried and never have a resurrection) Elder Adams came to me respecting the said conference i told him i thought it unadvisable thus to cut members of i then askd the lord that i might know his mind respecting the course we should pursue when the following was brought to mind that we had better go and visit those that were considered the refractory party taking it for granted that the others were all right i then opened my mind to Elder Adams he told me that he had come to the same conclusions thus it appeared that God had wrought upon both of our minds to accomplish the same object and out we started the first place we visited Sister Nicholson the object of their wrath we conversed with her upon her own and the church difficulty generally and found she had a good spirit and was willing to do all that was requird we Kept on and visited them generally and found they generally overall manifested a good spirit and was willing to come and do their duty which they evidenced by coming forward and have done so till the present after we had completed our task of visiting then Elder Adams expressd his astonishment and said that he had heard from one indivual alone of the chestnut street branch and you have reason to know who that is) more slander and abuse than he heard from all the rest put together) one thing i would mention here Elder Adams and myself thought it advisable that nor Elder Wharton should officiate as long as Elder Adams was here preaching which thing had been doing by my consent but Elder Wharton had not so much as been invited when Elder Adams and mself went to and [p. [1]]
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