Letter to Church Leaders in Geneseo, New York, 23 November 1833

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, November 23, 1833.
An epistle from a of of the , organized on the 6th of April, A.D. 1830, to their  brethren of the same church, residing at , Living ston County, New York:
Dearly beloved brethren,
It is with deep feelings of  <deep> interest for your welfare, that we address ourselves  to you by this Epistle, which we send by the hands  of our worthy brethren, , and , both personly known to us, whom we rec ommend to your fellowship, as men of good  morals and of firm and unshaken integrity in  the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to which min istry they have been called and regularly  by the hands of this church, and set apart to this  office after having been received into the same  by according to the Articles and Cove nants thereof. It is just for us, for your sakes, to say,  that our brother , was one of those who  first embraced this gospel, and was soon set apart  to the work of the ministry, and during an excessive  labor of three <years> has conducted himself with that p[ro ]priety, and has made such advances in the knowl edge of the doctrine of the Kingdom of Christ, that  we recommend him in full confidence as a man  cabable of setting in order the and requi sitions of the same. Our brother has la bored in the ministry more than two years, during which  he has showed himself worthy of the high responsibility,  and is justly entitled to the confidence of all the  saints with whom he has labored, and is fully qual ified to assist our brother in setting  in order all matters of difficulty that may be  among you.
Dear brethren, we have learned with painful feelings,  that divisions and strifes in a degree have made their  appearance among you, which evidently is the work of  the adversary of our souls, to disaffect your minds  toward the truth, that <and grieve> the Holy Spirit <that it> withdraws, and  leaves you in darkness, to be led captive down to de struction: and with great anxiety of heart we have called  upon our heavenly Father in the name of Jesus for you.*  We need not prove to you by argument, brethren, that where there  <are> contentions, and unbelief in the sacred things communic[ated] [p. [1]]
, November 23, 1833.
An epistle from a of of the , organized on the 6th of April, A.D. 1830, to their brethren of the same church, residing at , Livingston County, New York:
Dearly beloved brethren,
It is with feelings of deep interest for your welfare, that we address ourselves to you by this Epistle, which we send by the hands of our worthy brethren, , and , both personly known to us, whom we recommend to your fellowship, as men of good morals and of firm and unshaken integrity in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to which ministry they have been called and regularly by the hands of this church, and set apart to this office after having been received into the same by according to the Articles and Covenants thereof. It is just for us, for your sakes, to say, that our brother , was one of those who first embraced this gospel, and was soon set apart to the work of the ministry, and during an excessive labor of three years has conducted himself with that propriety, and has made such advances in the knowledge of the doctrine of the Kingdom of Christ, that we recommend him in full confidence as a man cabable of setting in order the and requisitions of the same. Our brother has labored in the ministry more than two years, during which he has showed himself worthy of the high responsibility, and is justly entitled to the confidence of all the saints with whom he has labored, and is fully qualified to assist our brother in setting in order all matters of difficulty that may be among you.
Dear brethren, we have learned with painful feelings, that divisions and strifes in a degree have made their appearance among you, which evidently is the work of the adversary of our souls, to disaffect your minds toward the truth, and grieve the Holy Spirit that it withdraws, and leaves you in darkness, to be led captive down to destruction: and with great anxiety of heart we have called upon our heavenly Father in the name of Jesus for you.* We need not prove to you by argument, brethren, that where there are contentions, and unbelief in the sacred things communicated [p. [1]]
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