Letter to Stephen Post, 17 September 1838

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The road is full companies of frequently 10, 20  & 30 <wagons> arrives, some almost daily One company  which is the camp is close here with one hundred  wagons report says is comming  less than one hundred miles of this place, with  64 wagons and the road is litterly lined with  wagons between here and . The work of the  gathering is great. all the saints should gather  as soon as possible, urge all the saints to  gather immediately if they possibly can.  The chance is great for purchasing lands here  land is very cheap the old settlers will sell  for half price yes, for quarter price they are  determined to get away. Congress land is plenty  and good land can be had for property other  than money, such as horses wagons goods of all  kinds &c, &c, Andiana [Indiana] and State  Banks will buy Congress lands, Eastern money  can be exchanged on the road, with ease.  You next ask what is the cause of the papers  stoping it was because the office was burnt  down, by the decenters [dissenters] from the faith in , As to Mechanical branches, all kinds are  needed, & would do well, As to the Stick of Joseph  in the hand of Ephraim, I will merely say  suppose yourself to be an Ephraimite, and sup pose all this church to be, of the blood of Ephraim  and the book of Mormon to be a record of Man asseh which would of course [page torn] [be a re]cord of  Joseph, Then suppose you being an Ephraim ite, Should take the record of Joseph in your  hand, would not then the stick of Joseph of  Joseph be in the hand of Ephraim. solve this  mistery and se[e].
The persecutors of the saints  are not asleep in but God is near as  to communicate his will unto us, I can write  no more at present, I would say say may [p. [2]]
The road is full companies of frequently 10, 20 & 30 wagons arrives, some almost daily One company which is the camp is close here with one hundred wagons report says is comming less than one hundred miles of this place, with 64 wagons and the road is litterly lined with wagons between here and . The work of the gathering is great. all the saints should gather as soon as possible, urge all the saints to gather immediately if they possibly can. The chance is great for purchasing lands here land is very cheap the old settlers will sell for half price yes, for quarter price they are determined to get away. Congress land is plenty and good land can be had for property other than money, such as horses wagons goods of all kinds &c, &c, Andiana [Indiana] and State Banks will buy Congress lands, Eastern money can be exchanged on the road, with ease. You next ask what is the cause of the papers stoping it was because the office was burnt down, by the decenters [dissenters] from the faith in , As to Mechanical branches, all kinds are needed, & would do well, As to the Stick of Joseph in the hand of Ephraim, I will merely say suppose yourself to be an Ephraimite, and suppose all this church to be, of the blood of Ephraim and the book of Mormon to be a record of Manasseh which would of course [page torn] [be a re]cord of Joseph, Then suppose you being an Ephraimite, Should take the record of Joseph in your hand, would not then the stick of Joseph be in the hand of Ephraim. solve this mistery and se[e].
The persecutors of the saints are not asleep in but God is near as to communicate his will unto us, I can write no more at present, I would say may [p. [2]]
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