Letter from William W. Phelps, 7 July 1837

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. May [July] 7, 1837.
Dear brother in the Lord,
Permit me to drop  you a few lines to show you our prog ress temporally and spiritually. A  multiplicity of business has prevented  me from writing much the year past,  but the greatness of our doings and the  importance of the occasion require a  recital to you for your consolation.—  Monday the 3d of July, was a great  and glorious day in ; more  than fifteen hundred saints assembled  in this place, and, at ½ past 8 in the  morning, after a prayer, singing, and  an address, proceeded to break the  ground for the ; the day  was beautiful, the Spirit of the Lord  was with us, a cellar for this great ed ifice, 110 long by 80 broad was nearly  finished: on Tuesday the fourth, we  had a large meeting and several of the  Missourians were : Our meet ings, held in the open prairie, or, in  fact larger than they were in  when I was there. We have more or  less to bless, confirm and, baptize ev ery Sabath.
This same day our school section  was sold at auction, and although en tirely a prairie, it brought, on a years  credit, from 3 ½ to $10,20 an acre,  making our first school fund $5070!!  Land can not be had round town  now much less than $10 per acre.
Our numbers increase daily, and,  notwithstanding the season has been  cold and backward, no one has lacked  a meal, or went hungry. Provisions  to be sure have risen, but not as high  as our accounts say they are abroad.
Public notice has been given by the  mob in , north of us, for  the Mormons to leave that county by  the first of August, and go into . Our enemies will not slumber,  till Satan knows the bigness of his lot.
Our town gains some, we have a bout one hundred buildings, 8 of which  are stores. If the brethren abroad are  wise, and will come on with means,  and help enter the land and populate  the and build the , we  shall soon have one of the most pre cious spots on the Globe. God grant  that it may be so. Of late we receive  but little news from you: and we think  much of that is exaggerated.
As ever,
.
N. B. Please say in your Messen ger: “A Post office has been estab lished at , Caldwell County,  Missouri. Our brethren will now  have a chance to write to their  friends.” [p. [529]]
. May July 7, 1837.
Dear brother in the Lord,
Permit me to drop you a few lines to show you our progress temporally and spiritually. A multiplicity of business has prevented me from writing much the year past, but the greatness of our doings and the importance of the occasion require a recital to you for your consolation.— Monday the 3d of July, was a great and glorious day in ; more than fifteen hundred saints assembled in this place, and, at ½ past 8 in the morning, after a prayer, singing, and an address, proceeded to break the ground for the ; the day was beautiful, the Spirit of the Lord was with us, a cellar for this great edifice, 110 long by 80 broad was nearly finished: on Tuesday the fourth, we had a large meeting and several of the Missourians were : Our meetings, held in the open prairie, or, in fact larger than they were in when I was there. We have more or less to bless, confirm and, baptize every Sabath.
This same day our school section was sold at auction, and although entirely a prairie, it brought, on a years credit, from 3 ½ to $10,20 an acre, making our first school fund $5070!! Land can not be had round town now much less than $10 per acre.
Our numbers increase daily, and, notwithstanding the season has been cold and backward, no one has lacked a meal, or went hungry. Provisions to be sure have risen, but not as high as our accounts say they are abroad.
Public notice has been given by the mob in , north of us, for the Mormons to leave that county by the first of August, and go into . Our enemies will not slumber, till Satan knows the bigness of his lot.
Our town gains some, we have about one hundred buildings, 8 of which are stores. If the brethren abroad are wise, and will come on with means, and help enter the land and populate the and build the , we shall soon have one of the most precious spots on the Globe. God grant that it may be so. Of late we receive but little news from you: and we think much of that is exaggerated.
As ever,
.
N. B. Please say in your Messenger: “A Post office has been established at , Caldwell County, Missouri. Our brethren will now have a chance to write to their friends.” [p. [529]]
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